The Jeffrey Review

The Jeffrey Review was an independent review commissioned by the Justice Secretary on 5 September 2013 to look at the provision of independent criminal advocacy services.

Terms of Reference

The Review, which was led by Sir Bill Jeffrey, considered the provision of independent criminal advocacy services in the courts of England and Wales and focussed on the following areas:

  • the experience, capabilities and skills needed for such services;
  • the arrangements for training, having regard to the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review;
  • the standards needed to maintain and improve the quality of advocacy; and
  • the future structure of the profession providing advocacy services

The Review’s remit did not include consideration of remuneration rates for criminal advocacy or the requirements for public funding.

Work of the Review

Sir Bill Jeffrey met with a broad range of key stakeholders, including the legal professional regulators, the judiciary and representative bodies of the respective legal professions involved in the delivery of advocacy services in order to hear about their experiences and the challenges and issues facing the profession in this area as well their thoughts and ideas for the future. A reference group with representatives from the professions and the judiciary was also established to inform the work of the Review.

As part of his work, Sir Bill visited Crown and Magistrates Courts both within and outside of London.

Sir Bill published his final report on the Review with recommendations on 7 May 2014.

The Jeffrey Review final report

The Jeffrey Review annexes

Analytical narrative

Press notice

Eiriolaeth droseddol annibynnol yng Nghymru a Lloegr


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