Criminal Bar Association warns that recorders are expected to work at impossibly short notice

Junior judges are being put on what are in effect zero-hours contracts as the criminal justice system succumbs to a fresh round of austerity and courtrooms are closed down, lawyers are warning.

Working days for recorders – part-time judges who are usually experienced barristers or solicitors – have been slashed and requests are being made for them to sit on the bench at impossibly short notice, according to the Criminal Bar Association.

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