Can a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate join the Duty Rota
Following years of CILEx campaigning, the
Law Society finally permitted our Advocate members to
join its Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).
Once a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate is a member of the
CLAS, they can apply to the Legal Aid Agency to add their name to
the Duty Rota Scheme.
What do I need to do now?
In order to join the CLAS, our Chartered Legal
Executive Advocates are required to have passed the Police Station
Qualification (PSQ), which many of our CILEx Advocates have
already done, and the Magistrates Court Qualification (MCQ). This
does mean that members will need to complete and pass the MCQ
following the CILEx Advocacy qualification. There are four
training providers where you can register for the MCQ:
I’ve passed the MCQ, how do I join the CLAS?
Complete the application form on the Law
Society’s webpage found
Once the Law Society has confirmed you are a
member of the CLAS, you are able to include your name on the duty
rota form which will be sent by your firm to the Legal Aid
Future developments for CILEx Advocates
We continue our discussions with the relevant
stakeholders to gain further recognition for our Advocates, in the
hope that CILEx can establish its own accreditation scheme.
This is likely to take some time.
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