What is a Duty Solicitor?
The traditional impression of the Duty Solicitor is a shabby looking individual who is the last resort to use. Or that the Duty Solicitor is the Police Solicitor. This is not true.
The Duty Solicitor scheme is now more accurately called the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and is administered by the Law Society. All members of the scheme must reach a certain standard before they are admitted to it.
That is not to say that all Duty Solicitors are good. As in any profession the quality of the individual can vary. At Lawtons Criminal Solicitors we run training courses for our lawyers to make sure that they are up to date with the changes.
We have also recruited some of the leading Criminal Solicitors and Barristers/Solicitor Advocates in the region. That is a deliberate strategy on behalf to ensure we are able to offer an unrivalled service in the successful defence of your criminal case.
If you have used the Duty Solicitor at the Police Station you can still speak with us and we are happy to take over conduct of your case. We can do this whether you have been bailed to return to the Police Station or have been bailed to the Magistrates/Crown Court.
Please contact us for a free discussion about your options.
Written by Nick Titchener