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We will soon be inviting accredited members of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) to take part in an online consultation to hear their views on the accreditation. We believe it is important that any accreditation is member driven and we want to ensure we can support, promote and protect the valuable work that active duty solicitors undertake.
We wish to develop the scheme to ensure that it is being delivered in the most cost-effective and practical manner for our members. The consultation will help inform our thinking, as our members are best placed to recognise what features of accreditation are most important and useful. Our aim is to maintain a reliable community of active duty solicitors and to ensure CLAS is adding value for our accredited members in their day-to-day work.
As part of the consultation, we will be inviting members' views on changes to the current process of joining the accreditation and on the requirements for continuing to participate in the scheme. The results of the consultation will help us to identify what improvements we need to make.
Accredited members will be contacted directly on 19 April regarding the consultation. If you are a member and you have not received any information, please contact Accreditation@LawSociety.org.uk.
Attempts by the government to introduce a residence test for anyone claiming legal aid have been dismissed in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling. The Law Society had intervened in the Public Law Project's appeal against the Court of Appeal's ruling that the legal aid residence test is lawful.
Professor Ormerod QC, law commissioner for England and Wales, will examine developments in the law relating to the partial defences to murder of loss of control and diminished responsibility.
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