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Appearing as an Advocate in the Magistrates’ Courts

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): Friday 23 June
  • Duration: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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This course has been designed to support the new advocate as they prepare to appear in the Magistrates Court for the first time. The sessions will focus on practical issues for the new advocate and knowledge of basic criminal procedure and evidence will be assumed.  The course will conclude with a question and answer session with the tutor who will be an experienced criminal practitioner.

This course will be delivered via Teams.

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What you’ll study

During the course delegates will

  • conduct a case analysis and advise on plea
  • identify “matters in issue” and develop a case theory
  • prepare a trial strategy plan
  • learn techniques for preparing and presenting opening and closing speeches, examination of witnesses and a plea in mitigation
  • prepare a legal submission
  • consider legal research and use of practitioner guide [Blackstones]
  • consider defence and prosecution duty of Disclosure
  • consider court procedure and etiquette

On successful completion of the course delegates will be able to

  • conduct an effective case analysis and advise on plea
  • identify “matter/s in issue”
  • formulate a case theory and prepare a trial strategy plan
  • draft a legal argument
  • conduct witness examination
  • prepare and present speeches
  • understand prosecution and defence disclosure duties
  • conduct legal research and use practitioner guided
  • follow appropriate court procedures and etiquette

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered live, online via Teams, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm each day with a 45 minute break for lunch at 12.30 pm.

On enrolment, you will receive a programme, a short reading list/workbook, a case study and an exercise which must be completed prior to the course. You must read the case study prior to the course.

On completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and feedback form.

Campus and facilities

Fees and funding

£299.17 + VAT

£299.17 + VAT

How to apply