Advanced Criminal Advocacy  CPD

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To reflect the seniority of the participants on this course this day would be run in the context of a Crown Court trial and the mock courtroom setting will reflect the greater formality of advocacy in the higher courts.

The case papers for this day will reflect the higher level of this course, the offences dealt with would be of a very serious nature and the issues raised will be of a complex nature.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Teaching and Assessment

Delegates will be expected to test their core witness handling skills in a context that demands a highly technical application of those skills. We would therefore include exercises requiring memory refreshing of a witness under Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and cross-examination on a previous inconsistent statement pursuant to the procedure under Sections 4 & 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1865.

In the latter part of the day, we would include submissions on legal points for closing speeches. In particular, we would ask delegates to make or resist an application in relation to either bad character or hearsay.

The Hampel method of feedback will be integral to the day and so elements of feedback and replay are built in to the timetable.

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will be expected to:

  • demonstrate competency in the cross-examination of a witness on a previous inconsistent statement
  • demonstrate competency in the process of memory refreshing of a witness
  • make or respond to an application in the context of either bad character or hearsay
  • to understand the duty an advocate owes to both the client and the court.

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