It is the aim of the Continuing Education Committee to arrange, provide, co-ordinate and publish a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for members of the Northern Circuit so that, wherever possible, Circuiteers have access to a wide range of relevant and useful courses on Circuit.
All Established Practitioners are now required to complete 12 hours of CPD per year. It is the aim of the Committee to provide at least 20 hours of CPD per year in order for Established Practitioners to fulfil their requirement. The specialist courses will include Ethics, Criminal Law, Civil Law and Family Law.
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New Practitioners are required to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of CPD in the first three years of practice. This must include 9 hours of Advocacy training and 3 hours of Ethics. It is the aim of the Committee to provide training over the three year period from which New Practitioners may choose their compulsory hours.
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It is the aim of the Committee to provide specialist courses in Advocacy and Practice Management (formerly known as Advice to Counsel) to Northern Circuit pupils. Pupils must undertake 12 hours of Advocacy training. See the events page for up and coming training.
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Further information on the continuing education requirements for barristers and pupils is available at the Bar Council’s Legal Education site.
Chambers’ Management Courses
The Northern Circuit will also provide courses of relevance to barristers and clerks involved in chambers’ management on various topics from time to time, such as the pupil supervisor briefing sessions which took place in September, and earlier training on Equality and Diversity. (These courses may or may not be accredited for CPD depending on the nature of the course).
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