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|International approaches to ongoing competence||1.09 MB|
This report offers a broad review of how legal regulators in a range of different jurisdictions are managing and improving the ongoing competence of their lawyers.
It addresses the following questions:
Part 1 presents a conceptual model to explain why ongoing competence assurance schemes may have very different intentions and produce very different results.
Part 2 reviews traditional hours based CPD systems and the main criticisms levelled at them.
Part 3 summarises how hours-based schemes have been modified by regulators to accommodate new requirements and address weaknesses.
Part 4 examines some other ex-ante (input) measures and ex-post (review) measures used for ongoing competence assurance in other jurisdictions. It reiterates the importance of an overall framework to link different measures. It highlights the experience of three regulators in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands who are most advanced in their thinking in this area.
The report concludes with some thoughts on the lessons to be drawn from the experience of other jurisdictions.