Intermediate Criminal Advocacy Training (2 days)

June 22, 2018 - June 23, 2018

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Description:

This course is aimed at solicitor advocates registered as QASA LEVEL 2 jury trial advocates and LEVEL 3 advocates and will specifically address areas of QASA judicial evaluation at those levels. The course builds on the areas covered on the one day essential criminal advocacy training course and it is preferable for delegates to attend a one day course first.

This course is now run over 2 consecutive days in London with delegates free to make their own accommodation arrangements. The course will be held at a central London location to be confirmed early in 2018. Delegates may wish to attend an informal dinner at a restaurant on Friday evening which will be facilitated by SAHCA but is not included in the price of the course.

Friday 22 June 1.30pm - 6.00pm: Plenary sessions shared with the intermediate civil advocacy training course running in parallel, including: techniques in examination in chief, impeachment as part of cross-examination; rhetorical devices as part of submissions including closing speeches.

Saturday 22 June 9.30am - 5.30pm: Plenary session and prepared advocacy exercises in a mock trial undertaken in small groups with a maximum of 8 delegates led by an experienced advocacy trainer. Individual feedback will be given. There will be an opportunity to be filmed and for a DVD recording of the exercises to be taken away for further reflection.

A case study will be sent out to delegates in advance for the necessary pre course preparation to be undertaken. It is expected that this preparation will take at least 2 hours and will include the preparation of a case analysis/skeleton argument to be handed into course leaders for evaluation and feedback.

These are some of the comments from delegates attending the course in recent years:

  • Excellent course, got a lot from it. Small groups gave more time to practice advocacy and reflect.
  • This is the best course I have ever attended!! In fact I feel I may benefit further from attending the same course again.
  • Overall excellent and worthwhile
  • A valuable opportunity to learn in a safe environment from people who sit as judges
  • The practical group exercises are a good learning experience, though being well prepared is essential if you want to get the most out of it
  • Extremely useful exercise – feedback powerful and scary but extremely helpful. I learnt a great deal from observing colleagues.
  • Really good trainer and the small group is good as you have time to listen to them too and learn.

 

The course is led by Leslie Cuthbert who is a past Chair of SAHCA and has led and developed the SAHCA advocacy training course for the last 6 years. He is a solicitor advocate and has a number of judicial roles including sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court.

 

The course fee includes all refreshments on Friday and Saturday and a buffet/sandwich lunch on Saturday; course materials which will be sent by email before and after the training and a DVD recording of advocacy exercises.

 

Delegates will be required to undertake 2-4 hours pre course preparation work.

 

Delegates will be provided with an evaluation form to record the training for their Training Record in accordance with the SRA continuing competence training requirement. The SRA competencies addressed by this course include:

 

A Ethics, professionalism and judgement

A1 Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct, including

  1. Recognising ethical issues and exercising effective judgement in addressing them
  2. Understanding and applying the ethical concepts which govern their role and behaviour as a lawyer
  3. B5 Undertake effective spoken and written advocacy2, including
    1. Preparing effectively by identifying and mastering relevant facts and legal principles
    2. Organising facts to support the argument or position
    3. Presenting a reasoned argument in a clear, logical, succinct and persuasive way
    4. Making appropriate reference to legal authority
    5. Complying with formalities
    6. Dealing with witnesses appropriately
    7. Responding effectively to questions or opposing arguments
    8. Identifying strengths and weaknesses from different parties' perspectives

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