Jury trials require a specific set of advocacy skills. Given the serious nature of cases heard in a jury trial setting, ‘getting it wrong’ can have significant implications for the accused – and for defence counsel. Aptitude in preparation and presentation is key.
During this intensive day and in a collaborative environment, attendees will receive guidance on jury trial advocacy skills, through presentations, demonstrations and commentary, from a panel of highly experienced and well-regarded presenters.
Attendees will also receive useful materials which will reinforce the practical application of the content.
There will be a 'mix and mingle' session with drinks and nibbles after the intensive which attendees are encouraged to attend.
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At this intensive you will learn (inter alia):
- How to develop a theory of the case.
- How to deal with pre-trial applications and admissibility of evidence.
- Fundamentals of trial preparation.
- Basic trial procedure.
- How to structure and prepare for examination and cross-examination of witnesses.
- Techniques for effective examination and cross-examination of witnesses, including dealing with hostile witnesses.
- How to structure and effectively present opening and closing addresses.
- How to recognise some common ethical problems in criminal jury trials.
Who should attend?
Although the focus of the seminar will be oriented towards those acting as defence counsel, the themes will be of practical use to all those commencing, or relatively inexperienced in, jury trial advocacy, as well as those more experienced who are seeking an update/refresher.
This intensive meets Ministry of Justice requirements as an equivalent coursesuggested for completion as part of an application for Criminal Provider Approval Level 2.
Paul Dacre QC
Marie Dyhrberg QC
Maxine Pitch Lawyer
His Honour Judge McNaughton