QASA (Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates)

I touched upon this in last month’s edition but an announcement has just been made that the SRA, BSB and ILEX have announced that they have reached an agreement on the shape of QASA (Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates).

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July 2014

» Advocates Gateway – New toolkits

» Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

» CPD is the subject of much debate at the moment

» CrimeScribe Articles for July 2014

» CrimeScribe Edition No. 36

» Criminal Procedure Rules are updated every April

» Legal executives and barristers have taken a step closer to setting up their own client-facing businesses in competition with solicitors

» Possession of Khat is now a criminal offence

» Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) [2013] EWCA Crim 1632

» R (Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another [2014] UKSC 37

» R (on the application of Director of Public Prosecutions) v Sheffield Crown Court [2014] All ER (D) 167 (June)

» R (on the application of T and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another

» R v H (Stephen) [2014] EWCA 1555

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1651 The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Reviews of Sentencing) (Amendment) Order 2014

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1777 is The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirements) Piloting Order 2014

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1787 is The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement) (Prescription of Arrangement for Monitoring) Order 2014

» The following Sections of the Antisocial-Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on the 14th of July:

» The High Court have to be very careful when dealing with matters relating to an indictment

» The latest on QASA

» The very latest guideline from the Sentencing Council

June 2014

» 2 new offences came into force on the 16th of June 2014

» CrimeScribe Articles for June 2014

» CrimeScribe Edition No. 35

» DNA17: The Next Generation of DNA Profiling


» I know that I have mentioned this in previous editions but the view that it is simply unacceptable for suspects to be on bail interminably is gaining momentum

» Magistrates’ Court Disclosure Review

» R v Kadiri [2014] EWCA Crim 1106

» Section 179 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on the 1st of June

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1383

» T v The Secretary of State for the Home Department

» Youth Court law is mistakenly perceived as less complex and important than Adult Court law

May 2014

» 187 FLEET STREET Andrew Trollope QC and Richard Christie QC

» A key change for Advocates will be the impact of Section 28 on case preparation

» Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014


» CrimeScribe Articles for May 2014

» CrimeScribe Edition No. 34

» Criminal practitioners should now be aware of the pilot scheme for pre-recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses

» Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders

» JC and RT v Central Criminal Court and Others [2014] EWHC 1041 (QB)

» R (on the application of I) v Wood Green Crown Court [2014] All ER (D) 71 (April)

» R v Hackney [2013] EWCA Crim 1156

» R v Penson [2014] EWCA Crim 602

» Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and Criminal Records Certificate

» Schedule 7 of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1106 – The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Ketamine etc.) (Amendment) Order 2014

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 1229 is The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2014 coming into force on the 9th of June 2014

» Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 423 is entitled The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Commencement No. 9 Saving Provision and Specification of Commencement Date) Order 2014

» The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has changed its position

» The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline covering offences of fraud, bribery and money laundering



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About 'The Scribbler'

Called to the bar in 1982, ‘The Scribbler’ was a legal advisor to magistrates between 1984 and 1996, having worked in some 40 Magistrates' Courts before leaving the service. He transferred to the solicitors' profession in August 1996 and is presently a consultant within a leading Criminal Law Practice and is one of the jurisdiction's best-known trainers in Criminal Law and Practice.

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