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  • Writer's pictureSundeep Bhatia

CPS PANEL weighted in favour of Barristers

The CPS panel is hailed as being a great opportunity for solicitor Advocates to branch out into the brave new world of criminal Prosecutions. Yet ,in at least one important respect,the odds are weighed against solicitor Advocates. In amongst the small print is a requirement that all successful applicants must have completed a Human Rights course in criminal Advocacy. I understand that this is an integral part of a pupils training. Yet how Many solicitor Advocates have such training? I qualified by the exemption route. Try finding a stand alone Human Rights in Criminal Advocacy course. If you can then you are a better man/lady than myself. At least the two month extension of deadline gives enterprising course providers and institutions time to rectify the situation and to make a tidy profit in the process!

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