It has some interesting proposals, at first glance:
- To equalise the rates paid for defence and prosecution in legal aid cases;
- Move towards single rates for police station advice
- Simply arrangements - in particular with regard to the Litigators Graduated Fees Scheme
- End payments for criminal file reviews
We must remember that the document from the MoJ is a consultation paper and so all interested parties will be able to have their say.
Let's hope, however, that the "slash and burn" still being visited on many solicitors is not going to be used the the government on the Bar, and that efficiency savings can be found by looking at the whole system and costs in the medium and long terms as well as just within one budget review period.