Following detailed consideration and analysis of the responses to the fourth consultation, the BSB, IPS and SRA, via the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) have agreed on the next steps for introducing the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).
As a result of the comments received in the many substantive and constructive responses, some adjustments of detail will be made to the scheme. The scheme will not, therefore, commence in January.
A revised timetable will be confirmed by the end of January. In the meantime, JAG can confirm that the core elements of the scheme remain.
- the framework for assessment
- the central role of judicial evaluation
- periodic re-accreditation
- phased geographical implementation
A JAG spokesperson said: “We would like to thank all those who provided extremely helpful and detailed responses to the last consultation. This scheme is the one of the biggest changes to the assessment of advocates in many years and we need to ensure that we listen to those who have responded, to ensure we get the scheme right.
“While the debate has often been vigorous, this reflects our joint commitment to produce a workable scheme which meets the needs of legal consumers and takes account of the views of those whom we regulate.”