Supreme Court approves QASA
24 June 2015
The Supreme Court has ruled today that the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), developed by the Joint Advocacy Group and approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB) is proportionate and lawful.
A spokesperson for CILEx Regulation said:
“Whilst we will consider today’s judgment in detail, we are pleased to see the scheme has been deemed lawful by the Supreme Court. CILEx Regulation already operates an accreditation system for advocates similar to that envisaged by QASA, and has done so since we began authorising chartered legal executive advocates. Following today’s judgment we will consider the implementation of QASA along with our colleagues in the Joint Advocacy Group and look forward to resuming full reaccreditation arrangements for our specialist criminal advocates.”
The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) consists of CILEx Regulation, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).