18 July 2018

Public Access

Were you registered to undertake Public Access work prior to October 2013, but did not complete a top-up training course by 4 November 2015?

Rule C120.2 of our Handbook states that barristers registered to undertake Public Access work prior to October 2013 were required to complete a top-up training course by 4 October 2015, or cease to undertake Public Access work. This deadline was extended until 4 November 2015.If you did not complete a top-up training course by 4 November 2015, you will be removed from the register of barristers who can undertake Public Access work in due course.

You may continue to act for Public Access clients whose instructions you accepted on or prior to 4 November 2015. However, you must not accept new Public Access instructions before completing or obtaining a waiver from the full training course. If you do not complete or obtain a waiver from the full training course and accept new Public Access instructions, you could be subject to disciplinary action.

We appointed the Bar Council, Barristers Direct and HJT Training to provide the training. The contact details of the training providers are available on our website.

You may be eligible for a waiver from the training, but you must apply for this. You are most likely to be eligible for a waiver if you can demonstrate extensive experience of undertaking Public Access work and legal aid cases involving vulnerable clients, and the associated knowledge and understanding required. Applications may take up to eight weeks to be processed. The waiver application form, and the criteria and guidelines for waiver applications, are available on our website.