Exemption from the CPD Requirement

Exemption from the CPD Requirement

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As the CPD Scheme is an ongoing requirement for those practitioners coming within it, the system of exemptions that applied under the CLE Scheme (which had application to a limited category of practitioners and for only a limited period) has no relevance under the CPD Scheme.

The granting of exemptions from the operation of the CPD Scheme will be considered on a case-by-case basis only where exceptional circumstances exist. An exemption may be granted where it is fair and reasonable to do so.

Since 1 January 2003, the following exemption policy has been in force:

Upon an application being made to the Society, an exemption from compliance with the annual CPD requirement may be provided to a solicitor who meets all of the following criteria:


he has been in practice as a solicitor for a period of 40 years or more, or he is over 70 years old;


he gives an undertaking to the Society that he is not in active practice; and


he undertakes to notify the Society immediately if circumstances in relation to paragraph (b) change.

For the purposes of this policy only, a solicitor will not be regarded as being in "active practice" if the only activities that he engages in as a solicitor are:


administering oaths; and/or


taking affidavits or declarations; and/or


certifying documents.

Applications should be directed to the Assistant Director, Professional Development.


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