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Datalaw accreditations are now fully online – submit your Portfolio via an online Portal and undertake assessments remotely
Portfolio will contain summaries of twenty-five cases where you have provided
advice and assistance to clients at the magistrate's court.
cases must detail situations where you have personally represented a client in
a magistrates' court in respect of an allegation of one or more criminal offences
or quasi-criminal offences (e.g. enforcement proceedings relating to a fine or
other order of the court).
The purpose of the
Portfolio is to:
you to demonstrate the level and range of your experience of conducting cases
in the magistrates' court
you to consider and reflect upon your magistrate's court practice
us to assess your performance, by reference to the competence standards
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
For futher details or to request an invoice, please contact the Accreditations Department on 0151 236 2024
What are the requirements?
• The Portfolio comprises 25 cases; x20 brief case summaries and x5 detailed cases summaries
• All 25 cases must be reported and submitted in chronological order within 12 months of the chosen submission date.
• There is no minimum period over which the cases or court appearances must have occurred.
• If you wish to become a criminal duty solicitor, you must successfully complete the Magistrates’ Court Qualification Portfolio and Interview and Advocacy Assessment and the Police Station Qualification. Once you have completed both qualification, you can then 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.
What is the target audience?
• Qualified criminal practitioners who would like to provide legal advice and assistance for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
• 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 undertake the Magistrates Court Qualification and apply for CLAS membership.
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
How to submit the portfolio
MCQ Submission Guide
Portfolio information and assessment criteria is detailed in section three of the MCQ Regulations. We advise that candidates make themselves familiar with the Regulations document before undertaking any assessment.