Participants have to attend all sessions for the Online Criminal Advocacy Training Course:
Audio and Visual Presentation and Case Analysis
Date: 2 April 2022 (Saturday)
Time 9:00 am – 11:15 am
Date: 9 & 10 April 2022 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Saturday) | 9:30 pm to 1:15 pm (Sunday)
Criminal Trial Advocacy is a skill that can be learnt. The Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee has been providing this course to Members of the Bar for almost 10 years now. This course provides an opportunity for any Member of the Bar not only to understand and enhance their advocacy skills generally, but also to learn specific criminal defence advocacy skills. One does not have to be a criminal law practitioner to participate in this course. Any Member of the Bar can benefit from this course.
Under the personalised tutelage of two senior lawyers experienced in handling criminal trials, you will be one of the four participants in a virtual classroom.
You will be asked to do examination in chief, cross-examination, submission in a drug related case study under the watchful eyes of your trainers. There is also a separate component on mitigation where you will be asked to do a plea in mitigation for your clients. You will then be shown ways to improve your level of advocacy in these areas.
It is an intense course but having conducted this course for 10 years and having heard from the previous participants how this course has been rewarding to them, we can assure you that the knowledge and skill you will learn from this course will enhance your level of competency, not only in advocacy skills in general but particularly in criminal defence advocacy skills.
The global pandemic has affected our continued efforts to teach advocacy to lawyers. In attempting to adapt to the new conditions and with public health safety in mind, the Committee has decided to relaunch the basic criminal advocacy course in an online setting.
Although it may not be ideal, we believe that what we aim to teach can be imparted effectively in an online setting. We will still focus on general courtroom advocacy skills.
One of the advantages of conducting this course in a virtual setting is that any pupil or Member of the Bar, regardless of geographical location, can participate in this course.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
- Employs proven teaching method used throughout the Commonwealth
- Utilises simulated trial /online settings
- Taught by experienced practitioners and trainers
WHAT YOU CAN GAIN
- Confidence in examining witnesses-in-chief and during cross-examination
- Present closing submissions persuasively after trial
- Submit interlocutory applications effectively
- Develop skills in a simulated courtroom setting
- Gain 12 CPD points
- Receive personalised attention | 2 trainers per group of 4 participants
- Obtain a certificate of attendance
- All course materials will be sent by email. No printed notes will be provided.
- Participants are not permitted to record the course via any means, except for their own performance for the review of the trainers.
- No part of this course, including the feedback by the trainers, may be reproduced in any form without the written and explicit consent of the Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee and its trainers.
Members are encouraged to participate in this course. Places will be given on a first come, first served basis, but Members are encouraged to register their names nonetheless, as it is intended that the course will be organised regularly for the benefit of Members.