Bar Council calls for regular working hours

Family Law|June 6th 2017

Courts should operate within regular working hours, the principal organisation representing barristers in England and Wales has claimed.

In a newly published ‘protocol’, the Bar Council says that growing number of courts have begun listing cases early or late in the working day “without reference to the majority of court users, particularly in the criminal and family courts.”

This has a major impact on the working lives of barristers, it claims, affecting their ability to balance their professional and personal lives, including “any caring and personal commitments”. This pressure disproportionately affects female barristers who are more likely than their male counterparts to have childcare responsibilities – and as a result some leave the profession altogether.

More regular courtroom hours would also improve the overall efficiency of the justice system the protocol suggests.

The full document is available to read here.

Photo by Kim Love via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

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  1. Andrew says:

    I have a lot of sympathy – but many of the consultations I hold with counsel are in the evening and I am of the view that if I can do it so can they.

  2. Paul says:

    Just like Drs. Happy to take the big pay packet but never happy with the long shifts or large work load. If a tesco worker or road sweeper complained about antisocial working hours. I doubt you legal professionals would show much sympathy. I beleive your response might be ‘someone has to do it.’ As my manager said to me once. ‘Don’t be a moaner’ As for the claim about making the system more efficient. Pull the other one. “Office would work better if people worked less hours” lol said no manager ever !

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