Criminal reaccreditation scheme on hold

The Law Society has announced that it is to postpone plans to reaccredit criminal solicitors every five years. The Society consulted in April on a proposal that members of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) should undergo a regulatory check every five years confirming that they had completed the requisite six hours of CPD and paying a fee of £240.

According to the Law Society’s Gazette: ‘Chancery Lane revealed that it had decided to postpone implementation of the proposal. It said that CLAS members who have held membership for over five years, and who would be due to reaccredit, will have their membership extended until 30 June 2013.’

A Law Society spokesperson told the Gazette: ‘The Society has decided to postpone compulsory re-accreditation for the CLAS in light of our members’ comments and to ensure that we take properly into account initiatives such as the quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA). We doubt that QASA will make CLAS redundant because QASA will only cover advocacy while the CLAS covers other areas of criminal litigation. It is, however, important to understand how the two interact.’


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