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On completion of this course you will:
- Have the ability to project confidence, even if you don’t feel it.
- Know what types of cases you should undertake in order to get your crown court career of to a good start.
- Feel confident when addressing the Judge before whom you appear e.g. Circuit Judge, Recorder, High Court Judge, the Judge’s clerk and your opponent.
- Know what papers you are entitled to from the prosecution on first listings and when to address the Judge regarding the insufficiency of the information provided.
- Know how to request an adjournment and preserve your client’s credit.
- Be familiar with the forms required at plea and case management hearings and how to complete them.
- Be able to make the prosecution’s opening work to your advantage.
- Be aware of the issues surrounding early guilty pleas and the dangers of a client who wants to ‘get it over and done with’.
- Know how to avoiding a Newton Hearing at all costs.
- Be able to successfully argue to keep an offence within the lowest category possible.
What is the target audience?
- The general rule when acting in Crown Court cases is ‘don’t get involved in a case where the client’s sentence could be more than your years of call.’
- As such, this course is essential for practitioners within the first 12 months exercising their Higher Rights of Audience and will also benefit more experienced advocates who wish to refresh their knowledge of crown court procedure, and the skills required in order to practice effectively within this environment.
During this course Solicitor-Advocate Darren Flick will use hypothetical scenarios to encourage viewers to think about what they would and should do in practice and will offer guidance on how to deal with tricky situations such as obtaining instructions late and last minute defence witnesses.
This course will consider each of the following topics/scenarios in turn:
- Preliminary Hearing / PCMH
- Early guilty plea scheme and what if any negotiations should you have with the prosecutor?
- Crown Court Trial
- The Process
- Engaging with the jury
- Closing Speeches
- Make your speech return the verdict you want; Guidance on how long your speech should be and what should be included – Examples provided
- Plea in Mitigation
- Examples of the mitigation you can offer and how to prepare and structure your delivery
- Key advice you should always provide the client
- Witness requirements
- Sentencing Guidelines
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