Here is the introductory paragraph of an email from Baroness Deech, explaining how beneficial QASA is to us all.
your comments will be of great value to us, and to her.
As you practise at the Criminal Bar, I wanted to email you directly to ensure you know that the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has published the revised timetable for the implementation of QASA.
The Bar Standards Board has endorsed the scheme and has every confidence that barristers will demonstrate their excellence within it. Nevertheless, there are some people, as in all professions, who are not as good as they should be. For this scheme to be effective we have to include all advocates so that we can identify, target and deal with those individuals who are underperforming.
We cannot ensure access to justice if we fail to protect the public from that underperforming minority. The scheme will operate in the public interest to ensure that all who practise in the criminal and magistrates courts reach the required standard of professional performance. The Scheme will also be reviewed in two years’ time.