The Advocate’s Gateway Second International Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable People will take place in London at the Law Society on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2017.
Presentations and workshop […]
The Legal Aid Agency has announed a Peer Reviewer Recruitment campaign across all Civil and Crime Categories as there is an expected significant increase in Peer Reviews from 1st April […]
A report by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (formerly the Advocacy Training Council (ATC)) which examines the challenges facing junior advocates confronted with difficult ethical dilemmas, has been welcomed […]
The Sentencing Council has announced its proposals for new guidelines covering a number of offences involving knives and other weapons. The proposals cover the sentencing of offenders convicted of the possession […]
October 14, 2017 – October 14, 2017
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Description:Promoting excellence in advocacy is one of SAHCA’s aims enshrined in the constitution. SAHCA’s 2017 annual […]
Online applications for representation orders in criminal matters became mandatory from 4 July 2016. The LAA has issued guidance to reduce the number of applications rejected.
eformsReducing Rejects for […]
Following the retirement of Michael Caplan QC there is a vacancy for a solicitor member of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee, now advertised […]
Lord Neuberger delivered the SAHCA Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture to a packed Court 4 at the RCJ on 15 June 2016. His speech examined the sometimes conflicting duties owed by professional lawyers to their clients and […]
All may not be gloomy in crime
Nick Ross, criminal practitioner and SAHCA committee member writes:
The announcement in late January of the reversal of the proposed two-tier Duty Solicitor contracting process […]
A public policy exchange symposium Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 10:15am – 4:30pm in central London.
Against a backdrop of the Justice Select Committee report published in March 2015 which concluded that while t […]
The new guideline on sentencing robbery comes into effect from 1 April 2016. Download the full guideline here.
In a written Ministerial Statement made by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove on 28 January 2016 he announced that,
‘I have decided not to go ahead with the introduction of the […]
The Sentencing Council is looking for an exceptional applicant with current experience of criminal defence practice, preferably in both the higher and lower courts.
Full details, including the candidate […]
Better Case Management is operational nationwide from 5 January 2016 and requires a new approach to case management in the early stages of the proceedings. Read about the changes in the Better Case Managment […]
SAHCA has responded to a further consultation by the SRA on the practical implementation of QASA following the unsuccessful challenges to the scheme in the Supreme Court.
QASA CONSULTATION – SAHCA
Published by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research and commissioned by the BSB and CILEx regulators the report makes recommendations on mandatory training and licensing of barristers and solicitors firms in […]
Better Case Management is operational nationwide from 4 January 2016. Keep up to date with how the changes will affect cases in the Crown Court after that date in the BCM Newsletter.
BCM Newsletter – Issue 4
Do you agree that the government should develop a Panel scheme for criminal defence advocates, based loosely on the CPS model already in operation? Are there particular features of the CPS scheme which you think […]
Double locking the gate for a horse that will never bolt!
The ranks of decent, honest, hard working, professional and underpaid solicitor advocates are compelled to emit yet another collective lament as two […]
The QC Appointments Panel (QCAP) is presently seeking views of Higher Court Solicitor Advocates on whether the level of fees for applicants for QC status is a disincentive to applications from Solicitor […]