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Datalaw accreditations are now fully online – submit your Portfolio via an online Portal and undertake assessments remotely
The Portfolio will contain summaries of 5 cases in which you have been involved with both the giving of advice, and attendance at an interview between the police and the client, at a police station. The purpose of the Portfolio is to:
Enable us to assess your competence to give advice in police stations Encourage you to consider and reflect upon your performance in the police station Encourage your supervising solicitor to review your competence and to take steps to address any deficiencies
On registration, you will be issued with a copy of our regulations which will provide written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Portfolio.
The Portfolio consists of summaries of 5 cases where you have been involved with both the giving of advice, and attendance at an interview between the police and the client, at a police station.
Those undertaking the Police Station Qualification can apply for inclusion on the CDS Police Station Representative Register, and claim payment for legal aid services, once they have successfully completed both the Portfolio and CIT assessments.
Once on the Police Station Representative Register, you can act in the same capacity as an accredited police station representative.
What is the target audience?
• The Police Station Qualification applies to qualified solicitors (who hold a practising certificate) and barristers who give advice in the police station for which payment is not initially claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).
• You will be unable to provide legal advice, for which payment is claimed, until you have registered with the Legal Aid Agency as an accredited police station representative.
• If you wish to become a criminal duty solicitor and provide legal advice and assistance for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), you must complete the Police Station Qualification and the Magistrates’ Court Qualification and apply for membership of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).
• You may attempt the Police Station Qualification and Magistrates Court Qualification in any order, or simultaneously.
• Please be aware that only solicitors, barristers, Fellows of the Institute of Executives (FILEX) or European lawyers (registered with the SRA under the Establishment of Lawyers Directive 98/5/EC) can become members of CLAS.
Datalaw’s Assessment Board is
comprised of current and former duty solicitors, academic lawyers and a
qualified external moderator. It is the Assessment Board’s role to ensure that accreditation
assessments are conducted in a consistent manner and are marked to an
appropriate standard having regards to the SRA Standards of Competence.
The Assessment Board have also developed a series of
online support courses to assist candidates pass each stage of the
SRA Standards of Competence
Portfolio information and assessment criteria is detailed in section three of the PSQ Regulations. We advise that candidates make themselves familiar with the Regulations document before undertaking any assessment.