Suitability Test to be introduced from 6 October
12 September 2011
The Suitability Test will replace the existing character and suitability guidelines from 6 October 2011.
From that date, the following applications will be assessed under the new Suitability Test:
- new applications for certificates of eligibility under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations, or notifications or disclosure of suitability matters, and
- new applications for student enrolment or notifications or disclosure of suitability matters.
Applications received by the SRA up to 5 October 2011 will be subject to the character and suitability guidelines for the first instance decision. Any appeal, review and/or reconsideration following this will also be considered using the character and suitability guidelines.
Applications, notifications or disclosures received by the SRA on or after 6 October 2011 will be subject to the Suitability Test, for the first instance decision and any subsequent appeals or reviews.
If you already have a certificate of eligibility, you must continue to be of the correct character and suitability. This means that you must comply with the Suitability Test right up to admission.
If you are already enrolled as a student and/or are in a training contract, you must continue to be of the correct character and suitability. This means that you must comply with the Suitability Test right up to admission.
If anything happens that might call your suitability into question, you must notify us, and we will use the Suitability Test to consider the circumstances.