JAG submits QASA application to the Legal Services Board – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 7th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, legal executives, news, quality assurance, solicitors by sally

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) – made up of the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulatory Authority and ILEX Professional Standards – has submitted an application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) for consideration of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (crime) – QASA.”

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Bar Standards Board, 6th July 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The defence lawyer in the Milly Dowler case performed his duty professionally – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2011 in advocacy, cross-examination, news, victims by sally

“Any further ‘rebalancing’ of our justice system in favour of the accused risks imperilling the right to fair trial.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dowler family cross-examination puts advocates on the spot – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2011 in advocacy, cross-examination, news, quality assurance by tracey

“The furore over the cross-examination of Milly Dowler’s parents has placed advocacy in the courts under a fierce spotlight. Putting the rights and wrongs of the Dowler case to one side, the public debate has probably come at a good time for the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), which will shortly introduce a controversial quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA) working in criminal law.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS – Changes to Advocate Panels Scheme – Message from the Chairman of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions by sally

“As many members of the Bar will be aware, the CPS published a new Advocate Panels Scheme on 31 March 2011. The new scheme followed discussions between a Bar Council group consisting of Circuit, CBA and YBC representatives and the CPS.”

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The Bar Council, 17th June 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Regulator Approves Quality Assurance Framework for Criminal Advocates – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 17th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“A new scheme to assess the performance of criminal advocates has been given the green light by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) at its meeting on 16 June.”

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Bar Standards Board, 17th June 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS under fire over advocate panels – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2011 in advocacy, Crown Prosecution Service, judicial review, news by tracey

“The Crown Prosecution Service faced pressure from both its own inspectorate and the Bar Council this week over its procurement of external advocates. The Gazette has learned that the Bar Council is seeking advice on a judicial review of the CPS’s new advocate panels.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 4th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Joint Advocacy Group analysis of QAA consultation response – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 7th, 2011 in advocacy, consultations, criminal justice, news by sally

“Analysis of responses to the Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, is now available to view and download.”

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Bar Standards Board, 4th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Joint independent expert advisory group – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 27th, 2011 in advocacy, news by sally

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), set up by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) to devise a scheme for the quality assurance of advocates, has established an independent expert advisory group to be chaired by Lord Justice Thomas.”

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Bar Standards Board, 26th January 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Incoming Bar Chairman: Diversification Good For the Bar and For Its Clients – The Bar Council

Posted December 3rd, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, legal aid, news by sally

“Peter Lodder QC, incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will call for publicly funded barristers to diversify their practices, when he delivers his inaugural address to the Bar Council this evening. Lodder, takes over as Chairman of the Bar from Nicholas Green QC on 1 January 2011.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Mixed practice’ warning for publicly funded barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 3rd, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, legal aid, news by sally

“Incoming Bar Council chairman Peter Lodder QC today warned publicly funded barristers to diversify or face a bleak future.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger endorses accreditation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2010 in advocacy, judges, news by sally

“The master of the rolls has given judicial backing to the proposed quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme, saying judges are the ‘ultimate consumers’ of advocacy services and are well placed to assess quality.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council to Consult on New CPS Advocates’ Panel – The Bar Council

Posted November 4th, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is today launching a consultation on outline proposals for revising the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) process for the selection of self-employed advocates. The proposals have been drawn up following lengthy discussions between the Bar Council and CPS about the new Panel Scheme which the CPS wishes to introduce.”

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The Bar Council, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New advocacy proposals ‘prejudice’ solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 25th, 2010 in advocacy, news, solicitor advocates by sally

“A proposed new quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates could prejudice solicitors because it places too much weight on the views of judges, an advocates’ group has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Some criminal advocates ‘not up to the job’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 25th, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, criminal procedure, news, solicitors by sally

“Research on how to assess standards of advocacy has backed up anecdotal evidence that there are problems with the quality of some criminal advocates, but found there is no significant disparity between the performance of solicitors and barristers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors join with bar to fight plans to cut advocacy rates – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2009 in advocacy, barristers, judicial review, news, solicitors by sally

“The government could face legal action by the Law Society and Bar Council as the professions unite over plans to cut criminal defence advocacy rates by 23%.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy – Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Posted October 13th, 2009 in advocacy, Crown Court, speeches by sally

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy (PDF)

Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Kalisher Lecture 2009, 6th October 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 17th, 2009 in advocacy, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by sally

“Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 16th July 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

The instruction of prosecution advocates in the Crown Court and payment of counsel by the CPS – HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

“Inspectors assessed internal and external prosecuting advocates in the Crown Court. Two-thirds were fully competent, including some very good. A quarter of advocates were lacklustre. Only 7.9% were less than competent, including some very poor.”

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HMcpsi, 16th July 2009

Source: www.hmcpsi.gov.uk

A third of all prosecution advocates ‘lacklustre’ or poor, inspection says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2009 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

“A third of all prosecution advocates are ‘lacklustre’ or ‘less than competent’ according to a review carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk