The attorney general is considering intervening to appoint an amicus curiae to assist the court on legal arguments expected to be made on behalf of defendants facing trial without representation in court, the Gazette can reveal.

A spokeswoman for Dominic Grieve QC confirmed that the request for an amicus curiae has been made by a judge hearing one of the seven serious cases that have been left without counsel for publicly funded defendants following cuts in fees introduced in December.

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