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Court appointed legal representatives

Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to this topic
Scope of application: All practising criminal barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
Last reviewed: 01/06/2023
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

The Bar Council has provided the following information to assist with the such issues as may arise when a criminal court appoints a legal representative to act on behalf of an unrepresented defendant pursuant to s.38(4) of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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