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53. A summary of the subsequent renewal applications is set out below:


Area of Practice


Civil


Criminal Family


Received Approved Lapsed (ALC Approved)


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Advocacy Course Providers


54. Upon obtaining a certificate of eligibility candidates must complete an advocacy skills course. The course is a practical course aimed at developing advocacy skills and involves a thorough assessment of advocacy skills against set criteria. The courses are split into civil, criminal and family proceedings, with candidates undertaking the course relevant to the specialist area in which they obtained a certificate of eligibility.


55. Courses are provided by Kaplan Altior, an accredited course provider, in accordance with the Rights of Audience Certification Rules. Kaplan has delivered courses in criminal and family proceedings. It is willing to deliver courses in civil proceedings but had been unable to do so due to limited interest.


56. Kaplan provided a criminal proceedings course in October 2014. No courses for family proceedings or civil proceedings were provided in 2014 due to a lack of interest. Six candidates successfully completely the criminal proceedings course and assessments in 2014. Five of these applicants have qualified as Chartered Legal Executive Advocates; the remaining applicant has successfully completed the course and will be awarded the extended rights of audience once they have attained Fellowship.


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ASSOCIATE PROSECUTOR QUALIFICATION SCHEME


57. The ALC has been responsible for oversight of the Associate Prosecutor qualification scheme since 1 May 2011.


58. The CPS delivers Associate Prosecutor training courses. During 2014 the external advisors inspected advocacy courses delivered by the CPS. The external advisers found the courses met the course outcomes and assessment criteria set by IPS. Some recommendations were made to improve the quality of course delivery further and the CPS incorporated our recommendations in subsequent courses.


59. During 2014 the CPS reviewed and updated its foundation and advocacy course material. The material was reviewed by an external advisor to ensure it met the course outcomes set under the qualification scheme. The external advisor found that revisions met the course outcomes.


60. IPS also held its usual meetings with the CPS, in accordance with the MOU, to discuss matters relating to the Associate Prosecutor qualification scheme.


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