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The July edition of the preferred supplier newsletter outlined LAQ’s plans to develop a youth practitioner certification process, which will apply to all in-house LAQ and preferred supplier solicitors undertaking juvenile duty lawyer and/or file work. To avoid confusion with the existing Childrens Court duty lawyer accreditation and QLS specialist accreditation, the new process will be referred to as the youth practitioner certification.
Information on the new youth practitioner certification process is outlined below. If you have any questions about the new process, please contact Dylan Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (07) 3917 0335.
The duty lawyer must be a lawyer with a current practising certificate and duty lawyer accreditation approved by Legal Aid Queensland. Separate accreditation is required for Magistrates and Childrens Courts. Practitioners undertaking legal work in juvenile crime must also have complied with the requirements of Legal Aid Queensland’s youth practitioner certification training.
Practitioners undertaking juvenile crime work must be approved by Legal Aid Queensland. To be eligible to undertake legal work in juvenile crime, practitioners must have either attended Legal Aid Queensland’s youth practitioner certification training or viewed the online youth practitioner certification material and given an undertaking to attend the next available Legal Aid Queensland youth practitioner certification training. Practitioners must also be aware of and comply with the Best practice guidelines for working with children and young people and its supporting framework. A copy of the guidelines and framework are attached at Annexures C and D.
The youth practitioner certification is not replacing the existing Childrens Court duty lawyer accreditation. The Childrens Court duty lawyer accreditation is still a standalone process.
However, if you are already duty lawyer accredited, you will need to complete the youth practitioner certification to continue in that role.
If you would like to become duty lawyer accredited, you will need to complete both the youth practitioner certification and the duty lawyer accreditation process.
If you are currently undertaking work on juvenile files or sessions as a Childrens Court duty lawyer and you want to continue in that capacity, you must attend the youth practitioner certification training. Training will be held in October and November 2019 (see dates listed below).
If you cannot attend the training in person, you can attend a session via webinar (see dates listed below)
If you cannot attend the training in person or via webinar, you can receive provisional certification after completing an online learning module. This will provide foundational knowledge to practice in the youth jurisdiction and allow lawyers to continue working on juvenile files until the next face-to-face/webinar session is held. You will need to attend the next face-to-face/webinar session in 2020.
If any new staff arrive after November 2019, we encourage them to complete the online learning module and then to attend the next round of face-to-face or webinar certification training in 2020-21. We encourage more than one staff member at each firm to complete the accreditation in case of unexpected leave or illness.
To allow a smooth transition, the following options have been outlined:
* Denotes webinar session
Caboolture — Wednesday 9 October, Caboolture Hub (max 30 participants)
Ipswich — Friday 11 October, Ipswich Magistrates Court (max 30 participants)
Greater Brisbane* — Tuesday 15 October, Brisbane Supreme Court Library (max 40 participants + Webinar attendees)
Greater Brisbane* — Wednesday 16 October, Brisbane Supreme Court Library (max 40 participants + Webinar attendees)
Mackay — Wednesday 23 October, Mackay Youth Justice (max 25 participants)
Rockhampton — Thursday 24 October, Rockhampton Youth Justice (max 30 participants)
Greater Brisbane* — Friday 25 October, Brisbane Supreme Court Library (max 40 participants + Webinar attendees)
Hervey Bay — Wednesday 30 October, Wide Bay Dispute Resolution Centre (max 25 participants)
Bundaberg — Thursday 31 October, Bundaberg Civic Centre (max 30 participants)
Sunshine Coast — Friday 1 November, Maroochydore Magistrates Court (max 30 participants)
Mount Isa — Wednesday 6 November, Mount Isa Magistrates Court (max 30 participants)
Townsville — Friday 8 November, Cowboys Leagues Club (max 30 participants)
Kingaroy — Thursday 14 November, Kingaroy RSL (max 30 participants)
Toowoomba — Friday 15 November, Toowoomba Magistrates Court (max 30 participants)
Gold Coast — Thursday 21 November, Southport Magistrates Court (max 30 participants)
Cairns — Thursday 28 November, Stratford Library (max 30 participants)
The 20 cases all new practitioners should know — 5 September 2019
Presenter: Ed Whitton, Counsel (in-house barristers) and Jenna Johnsen, Counsel (in-house barristers)
Webinar access external to LAQ: Register and join the webinar live on any device
Date: Thursday 5 September 2019
Time: 3pm to 4pm
CPD point allocation: 1 point, substantive law, self-assessed
Venue: Ground floor auditorium, Legal Aid Queensland, 44 Herschel Street, Brisbane. (register here to attend in person)
Presenter: Mark Schofield, Assistant Director (Criminal Law) and Caroline Hunter, Principal Lawyer (Solicitor Advocates 1)
Date: Thursday 7 November 2019
Time: 3pm to 4pm
CPD point allocation: 1 point, professional skills, self-assessed
For all upcoming CPD events, please see the For Lawyers page on the Legal Aid Queensland website.