Introduction to Magistrates Court Advocacy

A comprehensive introduction to magistrates court advocacy for newly qualified criminal practitioners

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Course Overview

Designed to provide an introduction to advocacy in the magistrates’ court, this course is ideal for those preparing to undertake the Magistrates Court Qualification as part of the CLAS scheme with a view to becoming a duty solicitor.

There are limitations to a course presented in this way in that it cannot assist you trial the practical skills you will need. Given the constraints on criminal practice is unusual for us to observe those we work with whilst they are on their feet conducting cases, as it is more likely that other work needs to be done elsewhere.

How then are you to gain the practical skills you will require?

Fortunately, most junior solicitors have had some advocacy training during the LPC and the pace of magistrates’ court work allows an opportunity to observe other in action from which both good and bad techniques can be discovered.
Within this webinar solicitor-advocate and District Judge Olwen Davies aims to deal with some of the more common concerns that arise within the magistrates’ court. We have not dealt with evidence, disclosure or the trial procedure, as that has been reserved for more detailed consideration in other Datalaw courses.

During this comprehensive series of webinars, the following topics will be covered:
  •  Magistrates Court Personnel
  •  Regulation - Professional Rules of Conduct, CPR, withdrawing from a case, local protocol & court etiquette
  •  Magistrates Court Procedure - Plea and adjournments, summary and either-way cases, allocation
  •  Bail applications – Bail provisions, conditions and custody time limits
  •  First Hearings – Common problems and how to handle them
  •  Sentencing
  •  Appeals

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the series of recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of magistrates court practice and procedure, and will have increased confidence in your advocacy skills and abilities.

What is the target audience?

  • Newly qualified criminal solicitors looking to complete the Magistrates Court Qualification

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About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Part 1

  • Webinar
    00:24:01
  • Slides
    35 Page

Part 2

  • Webinar
    00:37:14
  • Slides
    19 Page

Part 3

  • Webinar
    00:52:01
  • Slides
    33 Page

Part 4

  • Webinar
    00:35:19
  • Slides
    31 Page

Part 5

  • Webinar
    00:37:09
  • Slides
    29 Page

Part 6

  • Webinar
    00:29:38
  • Slides
    14 Page

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    109 Page

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