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Criminal Litigation Accreditation

  • Accreditation review

    The Law Society is currently reviewing the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme with a view to re-launching the scheme in early 2017.

    Please see the Accreditation Review Update page for more information.

    Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training


    Lead facilitators and facilitators recruitment

    Following a number of high profile cases where advocates were criticised for the techniques used to question vulnerable witnesses, Judge Rook established a cross-professional working group to develop training. The professional bodies have now undertaken to deliver this training to their members by 2018.

    We are recruiting suitable candidates to serve as lead facilitators and facilitators for the Advocacy and the vulnerable training programme. Please see the Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training Information for more information.

    If you would like to be considered for the roles of lead facilitators and facilitators, please completed the application form.

    What is the Criminal Litigation Accreditation?

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

    Members will have demonstrated 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 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 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 download a list of members (PDF 3.4mb). 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@
    lawsociety.org.uk