Ensuring that advocates are practising to expected standards is fundamental to the justice system. The public must have confidence that their lawyer is competent to represent their best interests in court. The issues raised in this consultation paper therefore have wide reaching effects and the regulators are therefore keen to hear from anyone who has views on the proposed advocacy standards. The consultation paper appears on all three websites. The deadline for responses is 22 March 2010. Further information and the consultation document can be accessed on the BSB website at: http://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/consulttions/OpenConsultations