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Datalaw accreditations are now fully online – submit your Portfolio via an online Portal and undertake assessments remotely
The purpose of the Critical Incidents Test is to assess your
effectiveness in advising and assisting clients at the police station.
The Critical Incidents Test
takes the form of a role play assessment under exam conditions.
The Critical Incidents Test comprises of
a number of scenarios which will be presented to you on an audio tape. Issues
will be posed to you, either verbally or in terms of their behaviour, by police
officers, your client or third parties. You will be required to respond to the
scenario audibly. An audio recording will be made of your responses. You will
be assessed on the appropriateness of the responses provided, your oral
communication and assertiveness skills.
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 Critical Incidents Test.
The Critical Incidents Test will be assessed according to the following criteria:
• Content -This is concerned with the legal, procedural and factual content of your responses, including whether you have analysed the facts correctly and whether you have applied the law to those facts correctly.
• Confidence - This is concerned with the extent to which you act with self-assurance in responding to the problem or issue posed.
• Control - This is concerned with the extent to which you are able to demonstrate appropriate control in the context of the problem or issue raised.
Each criterion above is given equal weighting. To pass the assessment, you must achieve at least 50% in respect of each criterion.
Once you have completed the Critical Incidents Test and Part B Portfolio, we will issue you with an admin 2A application form which will enable you to register LAA as a fully accredited police station representative
What is the target audience?
The Critical Incidents Test must 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)
Qualified solicitors can complete the Critical Incidents Test or Part B of the Portfolio in any order.
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
CIT information and assessment criteria is detailed in section four of the PSQ Regulations. We advise that candidates make themselves familiar with the Regulations document before undertaking any assessment.