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Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Revision

The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has agreed a programme of further work so the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates in criminal cases (QASA) can be implemented in stages from April 2012.

The new approach is designed to ensure the final scheme protects the public interest across the wide variety of criminal advocacy practices, does not have any unintended consequences for those practices, and maintains momentum.

It includes:

  • A phased roll-out of the scheme by areas, enabling the scheme to go live from April 2012 with advocates being able to undertake accreditation from that date
  • An exploration, working with stakeholders, of the issues raised during the current consultation (which will close on 7 November – see
  • The capacity to make any necessary changes to the scheme in the public interest, in time to prevent any unnecessary exclusion of certain patterns of practice.

The JAG comprises the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB), and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).  

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