If someone is arrested or invited to answer police questions in respect of a criminal matter, they are entitled to free and independent legal advice whilst at the police station.
The Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS) is the means through which any individual, including those with no previous legal knowledge or background, can train to provide advice and assistance at the police station for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).
Often referred to as the police station representative course or police station accreditation scheme, the PSRAS consists of three assessments; the police station accreditation written exam, the police station accreditation portfolio and the critical incident test.
For further information regarding each PSRAS assessment, please click below:
PSRAS Written Exam
PSRAS Portfolio Submission
The PSRAS assessment process has been designed to ensure prospective police station representatives have the necessary level of competence to undertake police station work and that the advice they provide is of a sufficiently high standard.
Once the PSRAS Written Exam (if applicable) and Part A of the PSRAS Portfolio have been completed, candidates may apply for probationary police station rep status. The LAA will provide candidates with a probationary PIN number which will enable them to attend at the police station without their supervising solicitor present. Police Station reps can claim payment for any unaccompanied attendances which they complete during their probationary period.
On completion of the PSRAS assessment process, candidates will become fully accredited police station representatives. If you require further information regarding how to become police station accredited, please contact the Accreditations Department on 0151 236 2024
Datalaw are authorised to deliver the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme by the SRA but we can only offer advice and assistance regarding the PSRAS assessment process.
Any questions regarding probationary /accredited status, payment etc should be directed to the LAA on 0845 543 8910 / 0345 7500 620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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