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    Criminal legal aid tender: advice and support

    Very regrettably, the appeal by the Law Society, London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association and Criminal Law Solicitors' Association of the judicial review of the criminal legal aid reforms has been unsuccessful.
    Read our press release.

    In June the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced its decision to proceed with a second criminal legal fee cut of 8.75 per cent. They also announced that the number of contracts for solicitors providing 24-hour cover at police stations in local communities would be reduced to 527 from 1,600.

    The Law Society's priority is to do all that it can to provide support to its members and their firms during this most difficult time.

    For information, advice and support on the tender please see our campaign page.

    What is the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme?

    The Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme covers all types of criminal law work.

    Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society and through external examination that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of criminal litigation.

    The Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme is designed to enable solicitors, barristers and Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) to qualify to apply for inclusion on local duty solicitor rotas under the Legal Services Commission's Criminal Defence Service Duty Solicitor Arrangements 2001.

    Further details can be found in our Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme Guidance (PDF 184kb). Information on the application process can be found on the How to apply page.

    Who's a member?

    To view all current members of our Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme download a list of members (PDF 6.8mb). This list is updated each month.

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    Telephone: 0207 320 5797 (lines are open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday)
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