What is the Higher Rights of Audience?
Achieving a Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification means that solicitors can represent their clients in the civil or criminal courts in addition to offering legal advice. Gaining the Higher Rights of Audience qualification means that solicitors become a more cost-efficient advocate offering a complete service to their clients. Rather than appoint a barrister to advocate during a trial solicitors with Rights of Higher Audience can represent their clients in Crown Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
The course is taught by experts who are highly experienced at preparing you for the HRA civil and criminal exams. Achieving the Higher Rights of Audience can extend the professional capability of solicitors and can also mean higher earnings too. Being able to exercise rights of audience in the Higher Courts of England and Wales will improve your competitive edge.
Higher Rights of Audience Syllabus
The HRA syllabus is taught along two pathways; civil and criminal.
If you wish to practise higher rights in the criminal and civil courts, then you must undergo both pathways which include:
• Civil Higher Rights of Audience – Evidence and Litigation: module is broken down into five distinct modules for each subject area.
• Civil Higher Rights of Audience – Advocacy: component offers busy practitioners current, essential skills and area knowledge of the practice of advocacy in the High Court.
• Criminal Higher Rights of Audience – Evidence and Litigation
• Criminal Higher Rights of Audience – Advocacy
• Ethics and performance (one hour online only)
A one hour ethics and performance module prepares you for both civil and criminal advocacy assessments.
Assessment is carried out both orally and written with three assessment parts:
1. Written assessment lasting two and a half hours and accounting for 40 per cent of total marks
2. An oral exam lasting 30 minutes and representing 20 per cent of total marks
3. Advocacy skills assessment with two x 15 minutes oral advocacy sessions assessed. This part represents 40 per cent of the total marks.
You must achieve a success rate of 60 per cent for each part to achieve an overall pass.
HRA Entry Requirements
You must already be a qualified solicitor to be awarded the Higher Rights of Audience by the Solicitors Regulation Authority although they may actually complete the assessments as a trainee.