The planned criminal rights of audience course of training has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and we will provide rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

Our Rights of Audience training courses are designed to provide candidates with information and instruction to assist and assess them in relation to the evidence, procedure and pleadings relevant to proceedings in the Court in which they are seeking extended rights of audience. Successful completion of the relevant course fulfills the relevant requirement under S25A Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 to complete a course of training.

The course is held at our offices and includes various talks and tutorial from the bench, the bar and experienced solicitor advocates. The structure of the courses for civil and criminal rights of audience differ and take place at different times of the year (usually at weekends), with civil usually in January, February and March and criminal usually during May, June and July.

Please note that prior to applying for admission to a course of training, applicants require to complete the mandatory Introductory Course. Applications will thereafter be sifted to determine whether an applicant can be admitted as a candidate on the relevant course of training

Criminal rights of audience

Detailed information about the training course for criminal rights of audience, including fees, assessments and course conveners.

Civil rights of audience

Detailed information about the training course for civil rights of audience, including fees, assessments and course conveners.

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the civil and criminal Rights of Audience training course please contact Emma Grant, Events & Training Officer, CPD & Training Team.

Process of obtaining extended rights of audience

For any queries about the process of obtaining extended rights of audience, including applications and exams, please contact the Education, Training and Qualification team.
Additional information
Following successful processing of your application, you will be asked to register for the course via our online registration form. 

The course fees for both the criminal and civil course of training are £3,060.  Payment is required in one lump sum prior to the course commencing via credit or debit card, or through invoice. Alternatively you can post a cheque for the full amount made payable to the Law Society of Scotland.

For queries about the training course please contact Emma Grant

For specific queries in relation to seeking extended rights of audience please contact David McDougall.

For information on seeking extended rights of audience please visit our Rights of Audience page in the career growth section