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More than 2,500 solicitors sign up for new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) in the first week

More than 2,500 solicitors and Registered European Lawyers have completed the notification form for the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) since it went live this week (Monday, 2 July) on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website.

The SRA had recently written to all solicitors in England and Wales advising them that they need to notify the SRA if they wish to practise advocacy in the criminal courts from January 2013, under the new Notification Regulations now in force.

Antony Townsend, SRA Chief Executive, said: "We are very encouraged by the number of solicitors who have responded promptly to our call to notify us if they wish to practise criminal advocacy from next year.

"We have provided some frequently asked questions and answers on our website for anyone needing clarification on how the Scheme will operate and would remind solicitors and RELs that they have until 21 September this year to complete their details on a simple form."

More information on QASA, including FAQs, is currently available from  

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