Bar Council motion to drop Mills

BAR Council members were due to vote on Saturday on a motion to oust Crown Prosecution Service head Barbara Mills QC from the council.

The motion, put by council member Bob Sheddon, says her position as a senior civil servant “has been shown by recent events to be incompatible with her ex-officio membership of this council”.

The motion, which requires a change in the constitution, needs a two-thirds majority to be passed.

It follows the suspension by the CPS of senior Crown Prosecutor and Bar Council member Neil Addison in October for writing newspaper articles on advocacy issues.

Sheddon, a barrister and senior court clerk, promised to move against Mills in December. “If his [Addison's] right to express his views

is being stifled by employment regulations and his employer is sitting on the council, then democracy is at an end,” he said.