The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.

SRA Handbook

Scope of scheme

Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 06/12/2018. For more information, please click 'History' Above

Regulation 2: Scope of scheme


You may not undertake criminal advocacy unless accredited to do so in accordance with these regulations and the QASA.


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.