Essential Criminal Advocacy  CPD

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Course Content

Law Society logo A one day course focusing on enhancing the Advocacy skills of new solicitors.
This training has been designed by The City Law School and is delivered in conjunction with The Law Society of England & Wales. It has been specifically developed to meet the needs of busy new practitioners who are looking to improve their Advocacy skills in a practical based workshop environment.
Each participant will have an opportunity to dissect case analysis from a carefully selected case study, and to look at how to structure subsequent submissions in order to achieve their desired impact. They will then participate in a mock trial handling witnesses in both examination-in-chief and cross-examination.

Teaching and Assessment

On the day feedback will be provided and delegates will all experience witness handling both in the format of examination-in-chief and cross-examination. Actors will be deployed as participants in a mock trial setting and feedback via the Hampel method alongside peer review will allow each individual to assess their own performance and areas for improvement.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes will ensure that the practitioner is able to effectively:

  • Examine-in-chief in a manner that facilitates the witness to “tell their story” in a controlled and efficient way
  • to cross-examine by appropriately formed leading questions to challenge the evidence in chief and adduce aspects in support of their client’s case.
  • to construct and deliver a closing speech that builds from the evidence adduced to a persuasive argument
  • to understand the duty an advocate owes to both the client and the court

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