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Regulation 3: Qualifications to exercise extended rights of audience
If you meet the requirements of these regulations, we may grant one or both of the following qualifications
, which authorise you to conduct advocacy in the higher courts:
Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification which entitles the solicitor or REL to exercise rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the higher courts, including judicial review proceedings in any court arising from any criminal cause;
Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) Qualification which entitles the solicitor or REL to exercise rights of audience in all criminal proceedings in the higher courts and judicial review proceedings in any court arising from any criminal cause.
If you have been granted a higher courts qualification by the Law Society or us under the previous regulations, you shall be deemed to have been granted the equivalent qualification or qualifications under regulation 3.1 above.
If you have been granted a higher courts advocacy qualification under previous regulations, you are not required to re-apply under these regulations.