Guidance

Duty solicitors: rotas, information and guidance

Duty solicitors rotas, lists, standard crime contract 2017 and contact details.

Application information

Duty solicitor rotas: 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021

The CRM12 application deadline for these rotas is 23:59 Monday 13 July 2020.

Please send a CRM12 application by email no later than 23:59 on Monday 13 July 2020 to crm12@justice.gov.uk

We will not accept late applications.

Please go to CRM12: duty solicitor application when moving firm – to download a CRM12 in excel format. Please send completed applications to the above email address in excel format.

We need to receive CRM12 applications from organisations who wish to make amendments to their membership for the October 2020 rotas. We do not need CRM12 applications if there are no changes to be made.

You will need to complete and send us a CRM 12 application for new duty solicitors or duty solicitors who will be engaged by your firm by the start date of the new rotas or where applicable - duty solicitors who have moved office/scheme within your firm by the start date of the new rotas. The CRM12 form can also include details of any duty solicitors who are to be removed from the membership for your firm. We can also be informed of removals by email.

On the CRM12 form please make sure that the correct date is supplied for when the duty solicitor joins the new office/schemes where indicated under the column heading ‘Date duty solicitor joined or is to join this office/scheme/s’. The DSCC will use this date to move a duty solicitor from the old to the new firm and/or old office to new office within the same firm. LAA and DSCC will not be held responsible if duty calls are missed or sent to the wrong place due to an incorrect date being entered on the form.

If this is a first CRM 12 Application, it must be supported by a Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme Certificate (CLAS) which has been issued by The Law Society.

Please email us at crm12@justice.gov.uk before Monday 13 July 2020 if a duty solicitor gives notice of leaving or ceases to be actively engaged by your organisation, or if any of your duty solicitors are under investigation for, or have been charged with a criminal offence. Duty solicitors are not eligible to be on the new rotas if they are not actively engaged by your organisation on the start date of the new rotas.

We expect to publish new member’s lists (not rotas) on our website by Friday 17 July 2020 to allow firms to check that their Duty Solicitors are recorded correctly. We ask that feedback is provided by email only, so that we can keep a record of any issues and amend and respond accordingly to those who raise them. The deadline for us to receive feedback relating to the members lists will be Thursday 23 July 2020.

Duty solicitor Rotas 1st April 2020 to September 30 2020 - First publication

First publication rotas are only published on this website and will not be emailed out.

For any further rota versions, providers will be made aware of changes and will then be directed to a separate resource to obtain the amended rota. Please be aware that some rotas may require future amendments.

There are also some rotas which are not available yet, due to consultations which are still in progress. We will email all affected stakeholders and provide access to these rotas as soon as possible, once the consultations results are known.

There are some rotas which we have only run for three months. We are expecting consultations to take place in the near future which will affect a number of these schemes. We understand that HMCTS are looking at making some possibly significant changes to a number of courts. We will provide further details as soon as we know more.

If you have any queries about the rotas please email these to dutysolqueries@justice.gov.uk and allow us time to investigate the issues. Queries should be sent by email only. Please be patient as we are unlikely to be able to respond immediately.

Duty Solicitor Rotas and changes to the way they are published

We are trialling a different way to provide the duty rotas. We have uploaded all the rotas in spreadsheet format to Google Drive. Please note that as this is a trial it may be withdrawn or removed at any time. Please send any issues or comments to the same email address dutysolqueries@justice.gov.uk

Please find below the link to the rotas on the Google Drive, a guide about the Google Drive and the best way to access the rotas required and also copies of the rotas in PDF format.

Rotas on Google Drive

A guide to accessing rotas via Google Drive (PDF, 572KB, 10 pages)

A to B Duty Solicitor Rotas April 2020 (PDF, 9.34MB)

C to E Duty Solicitor Rotas April 2020 (PDF, 10.2MB)

F to L Duty Solicitor Rotas April 2020 (PDF, 8.22MB)

M to R Duty Solicitor Rotas April 2020 (PDF, 10.4MB)

S to W Duty Solicitor Rotas April 2020 (PDF, 11.6MB)

Duty solicitor members lists 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020

The members lists will generally only show rota schemes. Courts will only be listed separately where a choice had to be made from alternative options or if there are restrictions on eligibility due to postcode. All other courts are included on the normal rota schemes.

Organisations should check that all duty solicitors are listed correctly. Organisations may contact crm12@justice.gov.uk regarding any inaccuracies with the members lists. We are unable to accept any new requests for changes to the April 2020 rotas, and we cannot accept requests from individual duty solicitors. We ask that queries are sent by email only, so that we can keep a record of any issues and amend and respond accordingly to those who raise them. The deadline for us to receive feedback relating to the members lists is Thursday 23 January 2020

Organisations are reminded of their obligation to ensure that their contact details are accurate and kept up to date via the Duty Solicitor Contact Centre website in accordance with paragraph 9.22 of the 2017 Standard Crime Contract Specification.

We expect to publish the new rotas in early March 2020

April 2020 Members List (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 306KB)

Please email dutysolqueries@justice.gov.uk if a duty solicitor gives formal notice of leaving or leaves your employment.

April 2020 rotas - changes to publishing

A guide to accessing rotas via Google Drive (PDF, 572KB, 10 pages)

Duty solicitor Rotas 1st October 2019 to March 31st March 2020 - First publication

First publication rotas are only published on this website and will not be emailed out.

Any further rota versions will be emailed out to all relevant scheme members and will replace the first publication rota on this website.

Please find below the 1st October 2019 to March 31st March 2020 Duty Solicitor Rotas. Please be aware that some rotas may require amendments – amended rotas will be emailed to relevant parties.

Please also note, there are several consultations taking place which, may affect some rotas. These rotas will be emailed out as soon as they are available, after the consultation results are known. Where necessary, some of these rotas have been run for three months.

If you have any queries about the rotas please email these to dutysolqueries@justice.gov.uk and allow us time to investigate the issues. Queries should be sent by email only. Please be patient as we are unlikely to be able to respond immediately.

A to B Duty Solicitor Rotas (PDF, 9.08MB)

C to E Duty Solicitor Rotas (PDF, 9.92MB)

F to L Duty Solicitor Rotas (PDF, 9.37MB)

M to R Duty Solicitor Rotas (PDF, 11.2MB)

S to W Duty Solicitor Rotas (PDF, 13.1MB)

Duty solicitor members lists 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

The members lists will generally only show rota schemes. Courts will only be listed separately where a choice had to be made from alternative options or if there are restrictions on eligibility due to postcode. All other courts are included on the normal rota schemes.

Organisations should check that all duty solicitors are listed correctly. Organisations may contact crm12@justice.gov.uk regarding any inaccuracies with the members lists. We are unable to accept any new requests for changes to the October 2019 rotas, and we cannot accept requests from individual duty solicitors. We ask that queries are sent by email only, so that we can keep a record of any issues and amend and respond accordingly to those who raise them. The deadline for us to receive feedback relating to the members lists is Thursday 25 July 2019

Organisations are reminded of their obligation to ensure that their contact details are accurate and kept up to date via the Duty Solicitor Contact Centre website in accordance with paragraph 9.22 of the 2017 Standard Crime Contract Specification.

We expect to start sending out the new rotas from early September 2019 onwards

Duty solicitor members list 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020 (ODS, 232KB)

2017 standard crime contract

The 2017 Standard Crime Contract is available on GOV.UK.

Postcode tool

Search the duty solicitor postcode tool to see which schemes your firm is eligible for, based on postcode or borough.

2017 postcode tool

Civil duty solicitor guidance

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 22 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. CRM12 application deadline and information has been added for the 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 duty solicitor rotas

  2. Duty Solicitor rotas from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 added

  3. Duty solicitor members lists added for the 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 rotas and addition of document relating to rota publishing changes

  4. New CRM12 application deadline updated for the duty solicitor rotas 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020

  5. Publication of duty solicitor rotas 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020 amended to add a rota

  6. Publication of duty solicitor rotas from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

  7. Added duty solicitor members lists for the 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020 rotas

  8. CRM 12 deadline and application information for duty solicitor rotas 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.

  9. Added duty solicitor rotas commencing 1 April 2019

  10. Duty solicitor rota members list for rotas commencing 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019

  11. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 published.

  12. Application information updated for rotas: 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019.

  13. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 published.

  14. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 published.

  15. Published duty solicitor rotas for 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019.

  16. Published the members list for the October 2018 rotas.

  17. Application information updated as the CRM12 deadline for the October 2018 duty solicitor rotas has now been extended to 23 July 2018 - the same date as the changes that are being made to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract and associated guidance.

  18. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 published.

  19. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 published.

  20. Application information updated for rotas: 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019.

  21. Updated duty solicitor rotas for 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 published.

  22. Updated duty solicitor rotas: 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  23. Duty solicitor rotas for 1 April to 30 September 2018 published.

  24. Updated duty solicitor rotas: 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  25. Members list for 1 April 2018 published.

  26. Updated Duty Solicitor Rotas: 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  27. Duty solicitor rotas 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  28. Application information updated.

  29. Updated duty rotas published.

  30. Duty solicitor members lists 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  31. Updated Duty Solicitor Rotas 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 published.

  32. Updated rotas and application information for duty solicitor rotas:1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 published.

  33. Updated Duty Solicitor Rotas 1 July 2017 – 31 December 2017 published.

  34. Updated duty solicitor rotas 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 and members list published.

  35. Revised members list and duty solicitor rotas for 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 published.

  36. Duty solicitor members lists from 1 July to 31 December 2017 published

  37. Duty solicitor rotas 1 April 2017 to 30 June 2017 published and members list updated.

  38. Duty solicitor members list published.

  39. Duty solicitor rotas for October 1 2016 to 31 March 2017 published.

  40. Duty Solicitor Members Lists for the rotas commencing 1st October 2017 added to page.

  41. Update on CRM12 deadline.

  42. Duty solicitor rotas for 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 published.

  43. Updated duty solicitor members lists added to page.

  44. Duty solicitor member list published.

  45. Notice about deadline for duty solicitor changes

  46. New duty solicitors rotas added

  47. Duty solicitor rotas for use between 1 October 2015 to 10 January 2016 published.

  48. Updated to include October 2015 Duty Solicitor rotas

  49. Duty solicitor rotas for 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2015 published.

  50. Duty solicitor members list for July 2015 published.

  51. Updated information about duty solicitor rotas.

  52. New rotas added

  53. Duty solicitors list - January 2015 published.

  54. First published.