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Comments wanted on QASA rule changes

A consultation exercise is taking place on the rule changes needed to put the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocacy (QASA) into place.

The consultation is being run by the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), which is formed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards. A previous exercise was carried out on the scheme itself last autumn.

JAG now wants all interested stakeholders to feed back their comments on the proposed rule changes. This will help them ensure the regulatory machinery to implement the scheme will be fit for purpose.

The aim of the scheme is to have a single set of standards for advocacy which identify the skills and behaviours expected of a criminal advocate. Certification under the scheme will be mandatory for advocates wishing to conduct criminal cases.

The scheme builds upon the existing standards of skills and behaviours for advocates, but includes a new statement of standards that will apply to advocates regardless of their qualification route. There are four levels to the scheme, reflecting increasing difficulty and complexity of cases handled.

The consultation document is on the SRA's website at: www.sra.org.uk/sra/consultations. The closing date for feedback is Monday 26 September, 2011.  

 

Note to editors

The previous consultation can be viewed at: www.sra.org.uk/sra/consultations/joint-advocacy-group-quality-assurance-scheme.page

For further information, contact:

SRA: Lee Shrimpton, Media Relations Officer, 0121 329 6055 

BSB: Rachel Podolak, Press Officer, 0207 611 1409

ILEX: Deborah McDonald, Head of Communications and Marketing, 01234 845710  

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