QASA consultation issued
12 July 2012
Update for the profession: members of the Bar are encouraged to
respond to the fourth and final consultation on the Quality
Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), which opens today. The
consultation has been issued by the Joint Advocacy Group, which
comprises the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation
Authority and ILEX Professional Standards. The scheme, which is due
to be implemented from January 2013, will introduce a uniform
system of accreditation for criminal practitioners, with the aim of
ensuring that those undertaking criminal advocacy have the
competence to do so.
The Bar Council will be issuing a considered response to the
consultation, which will focus on issues not covered by previous
consultations, or those which have been altered since the last
consultation. These include arrangements for accreditation at Level
2, the levels within the scheme (including youth court work),
phased implementation, and application of the scheme to Silks
and 'plea only' advocates.
For further details, and to respond to the consultation, please
visit the QASA website: www.QASA.org.uk.