Caroline Goodwin Q.C. Chair of the Criminal Bar Association

From September 2019, Trinity Criminal Silk and Head of Chambers' Criminal and Regulatory teams, Caroline Goodwin Q.C. becomes the Chair of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA).

In today's CBA Monday Message and under the heading "No Change at the Top", Caroline Goodwin Q.C. made it clear that she would be carrying on the work that she and former Chair, Chris Henley Q.C. were doing in ensuring members of the Criminal Bar had a voice in responding to the challenges facing the profession:

"This is the first message that I am writing to members of the Criminal Bar in my capacity as Chair. For those of you who harbour concerns as to where this next year will take us, be under no illusion that we will do nothing other than continue our dogged and determined fight to ensure that our voice is heard.

We have a reinvigorated bar, not afraid of itself and not afraid to let those in command of the courts know that we mean business. The criminal bar is an articulate force, speaking as one voice. The fearful and timid steps previously taken are no more. By being brave and resolute we have achieved much in the last year. We truly are one bar, one voice."

The new Chair has reminded members of the Criminal Bar to engage with and attend meetings arranged with the CPS taking place across the Country in the coming days. The meeting with the North Eastern Circuit takes place at 6pm on the evening of Thursday 5th September at Trinity Chambers, The Custom House, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne. To reserve a place please contact North Eastern Circuit direct.

Supporting the Chair will be the newly appointed Vice Chair, James Mulholland Q.C.

Commenting on the future agenda, Caroline Goodwin Q.C. said:

"I have hinted previously at the enormous breadth of work that the CBA is engaged in and this will continue. As ever there is much to do and we want you to be more involved than ever. The CBA executive will be calling on all of its members to engage...Over the next few weeks I shall be setting out the agenda for continued circuit visits and exactly how you can become involved in what is going on."

The members and staff at Trinity Chambers warmly congratulate Caroline Goodwin Q.C. on becoming Chair.

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