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    New applications - deadlines for CRM12 submissions to LAA

    The deadline to submit the CRM12 to the Legal Aid Agency for entry onto the next duty rota is 1 May 2015. As this will be a very busy period in the Accreditation department, please submit your Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme application no later than 21 April 2015. If it is sent after this date we will accept the application but cannot guarantee to process it by 1 May.

    See How do I apply? for more information on applying.

    Information for Datalaw applicants only

    We are aware that applicants who have taken their examination(s) through Datalaw will not be in receipt of the examination certificate(s) until 30 April 2015. We therefore advise that the application forms are completed and submitted to the Accreditation Office no later than 21 April 2015.

    Please also indicate in a covering letter that you have taken your examinations with Datalaw and you are not yet in receipt of your certificate(s). You will need to email a copy of your certificate to the Accreditation Office no later than 2pm on 30 April 2015 in order for your application to be considered.

    Recent updates

    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.

    This means the suspension of the tender process is now over and firms will need to continue preparations for their tender bid.

    The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the tender process will resume on Friday 27 March 2015. The deadline for submitting tender applications will be 5 May 2015.

    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).

    Who's a member?

    To view all current members of our Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme download a list of members (PDF 4.8mb). This list is updated every month.

    How do I apply?

    The general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 125kb) is applicable to all Law Society accreditation schemes and should be read before starting the application process.

    In order to complete the application process for the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme, please follow the steps below:

    1. Read the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme Guidance (PDF 184kb)

    2. Read our guidance on the two examinations, the assessment organisations and their role:

    3. Download and complete the following forms:

    4. Check the Law Society Accreditation Scheme fee schedule (PDF 71kb) for fee information.

    5. Print, sign and post forms, with the appropriate fee, to:

    Law Society Operations Admin
    The Law Society
    113 Chancery lane
    WC2A 1PL

    DX 56 London Chancery Lane


    Please email the Accreditation Unit if you have any queries or if you are a member and no longer wish to maintain membership of the scheme to enable us to update our records.

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  • Further help or support

    If you need any further guidance or support, please contact the Accreditation Unit on:

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