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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 12 February 2016. This deadline is for rotas running from 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016. As this will be a very busy period in the Accreditation department, please submit your Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme application no later than 8 February 2016. Any application received after this date will be accepted but we cannot guarantee we will be able to process it by 12 February 2016.

    See the 'How to apply' section for more information on applying.

  • Legal aid and beyond: Practical justice post LASPO - 17 March (5.5 CPD hours)

    This year's conference provides practical advice on business survival: how to establish a business approach to legal aid work, reduce your overheads and work on a tighter budget. The conference will cover innovation and the role of technology in access to justice and provide a dynamic speed consultancy session, enabling you to speak directly to experts on issues that concern you.

  • Get recognition for your excellence

    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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  • 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@