Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 1 - Court sitting hours

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Flexible Operating Hours

In 2017, the Government proposed a pilot to extend court sitting hours as part of the broader programme of court reform. The Government chose, however, not to consult on these plans before they were announced. Bar Council representatives nevertheless raised the point, through the PEGs, that extending court sitting hours in the way described would have a serious and adverse effect on those with caring responsibilities, which still fall disproportionately on women barristers.

Looking ahead

The Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, has written and spoken publically about the impact that the changes to sitting hours will have on equality at the Bar, and has received positive feedback from the profession.

"Childcare responsibilities still fall disproportionately to women, many of whom do not return to the profession after having children. It is hard to see how these plans sit with the Government's commitment to improving diversity in the profession and the judiciary.”

- Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, 28 May 2017


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