The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.
Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (Crime) ("QASA")
Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 06/12/2018. For more information, please click 'History' Above
Part 2: Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (Crime) ("QASA")
Regulation 2: Scope of scheme
You may be accredited under these regulations at a level ranging from 1 to 4 corresponding to the increasing seriousness and complexity of criminal cases falling within those levels as set out in the QASA.
You may only accept instructions to conduct criminal advocacy where you are satisfied they fall within or below the level at which you are accredited, unless you are satisfied that you are competent to accept instructions for a case at a higher level in light of the particular circumstances and in accordance with the guidance in the QASA.
Regulation 3: Accreditation requirement
Regulation 4: General provisions relating to applications made under these regulations
You may register, make an application or give a notification under these regulations by:
On receipt of an application under these regulations the SRA shall decide whether to grant or refuse the application, and shall notify you accordingly giving reasons for any decision to refuse the application.
Before reaching a decision on an application, the SRA may: