NewsBites - April 2011

Advocate Panel Scheme


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched its Advocate Panel Scheme – the new route for all self-employed advocates to apply to undertake prosecution advocacy.

Only panel members will be instructed by the CPS from this October until 2014, so it is essential that applications are made now. An application pack can be accessed through www.cps.gov.uk and must be submitted by 31 May. Later applications will only be accepted in special circumstances.

Service matters


The Bar Council has sent guidance on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 to all heads of chambers. The guidance looks at the obligations on barristers to provide certain information, such as contact details and guidance on how complaints will be dealt with, to their clients under Directive 2006/123. The guidance is also available on the Bar Council website.

Ethical enquiries


The Bar Council is asking its members to complete a five-minute survey if they have recently used the ethical enquiries service. It is seeking to improve the service. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ethical_enquiries_helpline.

Dame Rosalyn Higgins


Dame Rosalyn Higgins has been appointed President of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She succeeds the late Lord Bingham. Dame Rosalyn served as a judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague from 1995 to 2009, and was President of the Court from 206 to 2009. She has been Professor of International Law at the LSE.

New JAC Chair


Former Civil Service Commissioner, Christopher Stephens has been appointed Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission. The appointment is for three years from 7 February 2011 and is renewable.

Zimbabwe buddies


The Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) is seeking young barristers and solicitors to volunteer as “buddies” to young lawyers in Zimbabwe. Practitioners will be matched to each other with a view to providing moral and professional support and the exchange of views. Anyone interested in participating should contact Greg James at GJames@BarCouncil.org.uk.


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