The Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulatory Authority, the UK regulators for barristers and solicitors, have recently published reports on the quality of advocacy amongst solicitors and barristers.
The reports, the Quality of Criminal Advocacy Report and Judicial Perceptions of Advocacy, explore inter alia the views of the judiciary on the current quality, provision and regulation of advocacy within the criminal courts.
The Judicial perceptions report included key findings of the judicial research, which involved in-depth interviews with 50 High Court and circuit judges, and set out:
Following the publishing of both reports, it is envisaged that further research and initiative will be taken. In particular, it is anticipated that future work will centre on the role of solicitor advocates.
In addition, it is expected that the Bar Standards Board will publish a strategy for assuring the quality of advocacy.
The Quality of Criminal Advocacy Report can be accessed here.
The Judicial Perceptions Report can be accessed here.
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