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Law Society Public Consultations

The Instruction Qualification and Conduct of Authorised Solicitors in the Higher Courts

Published on 4 April 2017

The Law Society of Northern Ireland (the Society) is undertaking a public consultation exercise on the following:

Part 8 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 (the 2011 Act) provides for the authorisation by the Society of solicitors who have completed certain training to have rights of audience in the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland (the Higher Court).

In relation to authorised solicitors, the Act requires the Society to make Regulations relating to:

a) the education training or experience to be undergone by solicitors seeking to be authorised in the Higher Courts.

b) the recognition as authorised solicitors of those solicitors who have already completed prescribed training before the commencement of the relevant provisions of the 2011 Act.

c) the duties imposed by the Act as regards the advice to be given by solicitors instructing an authorised solicitor.

In 2013 the Society sought views on:

(i) the Society’s draft Regulations to facilitate the extension of rights of audience in the Higher Courts to authorised solicitors.

(ii) a draft Code of Conduct covering all aspects of solicitor advocacy.

A copy of the original Consultation Paper entitled “The Instruction Qualification and Conduct of Authorised Solicitors in the Higher Courts” together with a copy of the two sets of draft Regulations and the draft Code of Conduct can be accessed below.

The Society has decided to carry out a full Regulatory Impact Assessment on the Society’s authorisation scheme.

Anyone wishing to submit a response to this draft Regulatory Impact Assessment should do so by post or email to:

Consultation Co-ordinator

Law Society of Northern Ireland

96 Victoria Street

BELFAST

BT1 3 GN

E-mail: higherrights@lawsoc-ni.org

Responses must be received by 4.00pm on Tuesday 30th May 2017

Printed copies may be obtained by post by contacting the Consultation Co-ordinator at the address above.

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