Solicitor Advocate Rights of Audience

Criminal

The criminal course takes place over three weekends, two of which are training weekends held at the Law Society of Scotland and include various talks and tutorials from both the bench and experienced solicitor advocates. There are also mock oral assessments with feedback, prior to the final assessments. The final assessments take place at the Criminal Appeal Court, Lawnmarket.

Course convener is John Keenan, Solicitor Advocate and Iain McSporran, Solicitor Advocate. 

New dates for the next Criminal Rights of Audience course will be announced soon – please email KirstyOrr@lawscot.org.uk if you’d like us to inform you when the new dates are announced.

To apply, please download and complete the Criminal Rights of Audience application form. Once completed, email your application to DavidMacdougall@lawscot.org.uk.

Once you have submited your application form, you will be contacted and asked to complete the course registration form. Payment is required upon registration.

Civil

The civil course runs over three weekends and includes include various talks and tutorials from the Bench, the bar and experienced solicitor advocates. The last weekend forms the final assessment for oral submissions and you will be required to attend on one day only that weekend. The course includes mock oral assessments with feedback, prior to the final assessments.

Convener of the course is Craig Connal QC.

A note from our convener. Please find attached a note from Craig Connal QC, outlining the course objectives.

To apply, please download and complete the Civil Rights of Audience application form. Once completed, email your application to DavidMacdougall@lawscot.org.uk.

Please find the Solicitor Advocate Rules and Guidance notes here. Please refer to Rules C4.

Once you have submited your application form, you will be contacted and asked to complete the course registration form. Payment is required upon registration.

More information

For more information, please see the Civil Rights of Audience FAQs or Criminal Rights of Audience FAQs.

If you have any queries regarding Rights of Audience applications please contact the Education & Training team: legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding the training course please contact the CPD and events team: update@lawscot.org.uk or 0131 476 8201.