A Practical Approach to Evidence

A Practical Approach to Evidence

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Course Overview

This course offers a practical discussion of evidence. During this webinar experienced lecturer Colin Beaumont will explain the important provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relating to evidence. This bite-size course will offer an easily digestible approach to practical evidential issues and is essential viewing for all criminal practitioners seeking to refresh their knowledge in this area and will focus on the issues relating to competence and comparability.

Designed to provide a clear break-down of legal/persuasive burdens and evidential burdens, this course tackles the difficult issue of evidence and the provision of unused material and will be of interest to anyone having to deal with these issues at court.

In addition, this course will ensure that practitioners are aware of the main points of hearsay and bad character.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 - 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Have a more practical understanding of how criminal evidence actually operates
    • Understand the importance of compliance with the 2015 Criminal Procedure Rules and the consequences of non-compliance which, on occasion, could be disastrous
    • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be making a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case
    • Know how Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 May assist you in your examination in chief
    • Have considered the tactical advantages and disadvantages of the defendant giving evidence
    • Appreciate the procedural differences between an application under section 76 and an application under section 78 of PACE
    • Be able to recognise circumstances when you as the defence bear the burden and circumstances when the burden rests clearly with the prosecution
    • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, at trial

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including probationary and accredited police station representatives and duty solicitors


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    1 Page
  • Discussion Questions
    2 Page
  • Evaluation
    2 Page


  • informative and good overview of evidence and relevant criminal justice acts and their usefulness.
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  • Quite a bit of information here that a newly qualified can easily overlook from simply reading text books.
    4 years ago