The SRA Handbook is no longer in effect. It was replaced by the SRA Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019.
Re-accreditation, special circumstances and appeals
Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 06/12/2018. For more information, please click 'History' Above
Part 6: Re-accreditation, special circumstances and appeals
Regulation 17: Re-accreditation
Subject to regulation 8.2 above, if you are accredited to conduct criminal advocacy, then you must apply for re-accreditation at your current level in the manner prescribed by the SRA within five years of the date you were first accredited or your most recent re-accreditation at that level.
If you fail to apply for re-accreditation within the period required by the SRA and have not been granted an extension of the period under regulation 18, your accreditation at your current level will lapse.
Regulation 18: Special circumstances
You may, on application to the SRA, apply for an extension of the period for accreditation or re-accreditation, which the SRA may grant. An extension of the period for accreditation or re-accreditation may be granted on such terms as the SRA sees fit.
You may, on providing the SRA with adequate reasons, apply for an independent assessment of your competence to conduct criminal advocacy at levels 2, 3 or 4 and submit such an assessment in place of one or more CAEFs.
An application under regulation 18.1 for an extension of the period for accreditation or re-accreditation must be made before the expiry of the date by which the relevant application for accreditation or re-accreditation must be made.
Regulation 19: Additional measures
The SRA may receive at any point during the currency of your accreditation CAEFs which raise a concern about your competence to conduct criminal advocacy. Where the SRA receives any such concern, either because you have provided such information or otherwise, the SRA may do one or more of the following:
Where you have applied for accreditation or re-accreditation at level 1 and your application has been refused, you will not be entitled to accept any instructions to conduct criminal advocacy and the SRA may recommend you to take specific steps in accordance with regulation 19.1 before you reapply for accreditation or re-accreditation as appropriate.
Where the SRA has required you to take specific steps under regulation 19.1(b), the SRA shall assess the outcome of that action before deciding upon any pending application or further application that you may have submitted or any further action that the SRA intends to take.
Regulation 20: Appeals against decisions