CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITORS' ASSOCIATION

Bar Action - update from the CLSA

The Recorders of the Norther Circuit have issued a note in relation to the bar action. Click here to read. It envisages the judiciary attempting to proceed as normal with defendants unrepresented and/or granting solicitor’s representatives rights of audience

The SRA have provided guidance as to what to do if counsel cannot be found. Click here to read.

At the prompting of the CLSA committee (take a bow Michael Gray), The Law Society issued guidance in response to the northern circuit note. Click here to read. You may note the guidance that solicitors, whether HCA’s or granted ad hoc rights of audience, are not obligated to take on the role of counsel simply because there are no counsel available.

As regards the use of the judicial power to grant ad hoc rights of audience, the bar have produced a note regarding this power and the implications for professional indemnity insurance if solicitors, trainees or paralegals accept such appointments. Click here to read.

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