The Bar Council campaigns for a properly funded and functioning system of justice, putting the case to Government for investment in the system, speaking to the public and highlighting gaps in access to justice in the public interest.

We continue to campaign in this area including through the press, social media and other communications and parliamentary activity. 


Justice Week 2023

Justice Week 2023 runs from 19 to 23 June. It’s a collaboration between the Bar Council, the Law Society and CILEX to improve access to justice for the public

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Small Change for Justice report

Our latest report lays bare the exact state of justice funding over the last ten years, and the pennies needed to bring it back in line with 2010 levels.

Massive cuts to the justice budget by consecutive governments since 2010 meant that in 2019, 39p was spent on protecting the public, the courts and wider justice system, per person per day (£144 per year). This is far less than many other government departments, bottom of the leader board in comparison with other European countries, and less than the amount spent by the nation on coffee per year (£153 per person per year).

Read the full report here

Justice-related press coverage

The Daily Telegraph (print and online), The Guardian (print and online), Metro, LBC Radio (online), PA Media, Belfast Telegraph, Yahoo News, News and Star, Tottenham Independent, Cumnock Chronicle, Express and Star, Peebleshire News, Shropshire Star, North West Mail, Harrow Times, Bournemouth Echo, Central Fife Times, County Times, Lancashire Telegraph, Northern Echo, +94 other media outlets

Parliamentary activity

Read our latest work in Parliament.