Stage 1 membership of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) is required by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) for inclusion on the duty solicitor scheme for police stations and magistrates courts.
Solicitors must obtain two separate qualifications to satisfy the Law Society of their suitability to become a member of the CLAS. These are the Police Station Qualification (PSQ) and the Magistrates Court Qualification (MCQ).
Solicitors who successfully completed the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme assessments prior to qualification as a solicitor may apply to the Law Society for exemption from the PSQ assessments.
Barristers can become members of CLAS. If you are a barrister wishing to join a Duty Solicitor Scheme, you need to complete the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS) and the Magistrates’ Court Qualification. You should then apply to the Law Society for inclusion on the rota.
The above information is current as at 12.11.2014. The regulations are subject to change by the SRA and the Law Society without notice to providers. Therefore we advise that you consult their websites to check regulations prior to enrolling.