Response to the joint advisory groups' QASA consultation - December 2015
COIC response to the proposed amendments (arising from a Divisional Court judgment) to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). Follow this link to download the full response paper.
Response to the Ministry of Justice 'Preserving and enhancing the quality of criminal advocacy' consultation
COIC welcomes the underlying spirit of the MOJ consultation paper; it seeks to address issues highlighted by barristers repeatedly in recent years. Follow this link to download the full response paper.
COIC Response to BSB's Future Bar Training Consultation - 2015
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is reviewing the academic, vocational and professional requirements that must be completed to acquire the title of barrister and to be authorised to practise. The review, including a consultation process has now reached its response stage.
The Inns of Court has compiled a response paper available for download via this link.
The BSB consultation paper appears to favour in principle the present three-part structure of our qualification system. The Inns of Court support this system and do not wish to see it changed.
Of the three stages, the first, the academic stage, faces some critical questions in the paper. The second (the Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC) is most under attack by students and the Bar.
The paper argues for the retention of the BPTC, and its current syllabus; but it looks at different ways in which it might be re-configured and made less costly. The importance of the professional stage, practical training in pupillage, is emphasised.
In the view of the Inns the importance of pupillage cannot be overstated. It is noted that the paper contains proposals aimed at making pupillage more effective and better regulated. In this response the Inns address detailed problems associated with each of these topics.