Solicitors operating in areas assigned to a pilot scheme that will extend court opening hours will be victims of a postcode lottery, the Law Society said as it warned that the government’s ‘fundamentally flawed’ plans would heap more pressure on fragile criminal legal aid firms.

The extended operating hours pilots were due to start in May but have since been postponed due to the snap general election. Despite the limits of the pre-election period, HM Courts & Tribunals Service has proposed running pilots at six different courts across the country over a six-month period.

HMCTS is to establish ‘l...

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