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This notice is for first time applicants to the Panel

Solicitors wishing to be accredited to the Children Order Panel are invited to apply for membership on or before 4.00pm on Friday 13th September 2019.

To summarise the requirements, you are eligible to apply for membership if you:-

(i)        are in private practice with a Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of Northern Ireland;

(ii)       have three years post-qualification experience;

(iii)     can demonstrate relevant experience and knowledge gained by representing parties in either public or private law proceedings under the Children Order (NI) 1995 or under the Children Act 1989 (if appropriate);

(iv)     can demonstrate relevant training and private study;

(v)       agree to provide references as required;

(vi)     are registered with the Criminal Justice Secure Mail (CJSM) system or there are exceptional circumstances as to why you are not registered;

(vii)    pay the fee of £230 to the Society with the submission of your application.

Applications can be submitted either:

1.    On-line using by clicking on the following hyperlink -

2.    In hard copy format having printed the form using the link below:

Please note: You must have logged in to the Members Section of the website to access the documents. 

The Regulations, Procedures, forms and a general guide are also available in the Members Section of the website. 

The form must be submitted on-line or received in hard copy by the Society by 4.00pm on Friday 13th September 2019

A late application will not be accepted. 

Payment can be made either via a cheque for £230 payable to the Law Society of Northern Ireland or by telegraphic transfer. If you wish to pay by telegraphic transfer you should telephone the Society for confirmation of the account details.

When the application has been approved you will be required to attend a two day training course on 30th September and 1st October 2019 in Law Society House.  The selection process will continue with an examination on 11th October 2019 and an interview with the Board on one of 16h, 17th or 18th October 2019 in Law Society House.

If you successfully complete all of the requirements, membership will commence on 1st November 2019.

Dated: 15th August 2019.


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