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Datalaw offer more assessment dates and venues than any other provider enabling you to commence your accreditation at a time and venue to suit you.
PSRAS Written Exam is a two hour 'open book' assessment which will assess your
understanding of the legal adviser's role in the police station and the skills
that are needed to perform that role effectively.
Written Exam will assess your understanding of, and ability to, explain to a client
relevant law and procedures drawn from the major areas listed below:
treatment of persons in custody
conduct of police interviews
evidential significance of facts or of things said or not said
powers outside the police station
assessment is 'open book'. You may take any bound and published text books into
the assessment or on-line materials purchased from Datalaw. These support
materials can be highlighted and/or underlined but cannot be annotated.
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 Written Exam.
For further details or to request an invoice, please contact the Accreditations Department on 0151 236 2024
What are the requirements?
The Written Exam is a two hour assessment which consists of five questions. Each question is worth 25 marks. You will be required to attempt four questions of the five questions set. In order to pass the Written Exam you must score at least 50%.
• The Written Exam must be passed by those who are not exempt prior to completion of Part A of the Portfolio and registration with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).
What is the target audience?
The PSRAS should be undertaken by anyone who wishes to become an accredited police station representative and give advice in the police station for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
Exemptions from the Written Exam are available to:
• Those who have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
• Fellows or members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) who have passed the level 6 criminal papers (formerly level 4)
• Those who have completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
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
This document will provide written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Written Exam.
SRA Standards of Competence
This document is a great starting point when revising for the Written Exam