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In his continuing crusade against silks, Labour MP Andrew Dismore has tabled a series of amendments to the Access to Justice Bill to abolish or overhaul the QC system.
Dismore, a solicitor and MP for Hendon, proposes amendments that will lead to the wholesale scrapping of QCs and the abolition of traditional court dress.
Dismore says: "This is a golden opportunity to have some real modernisation of some of the archaic and old restrictive practices that bedevil the legal profession."
His amendments include plans to: abolish the QC system; introduce a register of judges' interests; create a Judicial Appointments Commission to regulate appointment of judges, propose candidates and evaluate performances; abolish wigs in court.
Dismore admits: "I don't think I will get QCs abolished but there's scope for reform of the way they operate." He adds he is more optimistic about a register of judicial interests.
But a Lord Chancellor's Department spokesman pours cold water on Dismore's register and wigs proposals and says there are no plans to abolish QCs. "The Lord Chancellor regards QCs as a kite mark of quality and feels they still have a big role to play in the justice system," he says.
However, he concedes the Government is considering a judicial appointments group.