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Solicitors to work ?unpaid? until committals abolished in April 2012

PUBLISHED December 8, 2011

Committals in either way criminal cases will be abolished from April 2012, the justice secretary announced today.

Kenneth Clarke said the change will be effected by bringing into force schedule 3 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on a phased basis. The regions where it will be introduced first will be announced later.

Subject to a satisfactory assessment of the first phase, the change will be fully implemented over the next year, Clarke said.

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