The current VHCC scheme is due to expire on the 13 July 2010. It is essential to have a new scheme in place to ensure a smooth transition to the succeeding scheme in July 2010.

The consultation paper is divided into two parts. The first part sets out the consultation proposals, which is divided into three topics: 

  1. Advocate scheme options
  2. Litigator scheme options
  3. Litigator experience measures and VHCC advocates quality

The second part sets out an approach to finding a longer term replacement scheme for advocates, with a draft outline of the Advocates Sub-group (which comprises of barrister and solicitor-advocates) paper attached as an annex.  Although the LSC is not formally consulting on the Sub-group's proposals at this time, it is seeking the profession's views on the work to date.

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