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Mon, 06 Feb



Advocacy Skills Course (14 hours CPD time)

Improve your advocacy skills with the Royal Faculty's advocacy course - designed to provide an opportunity for young lawyers to gain experience in advocacy and prepare court lawyers for appearance in court.

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 Advocacy Skills Course (14 hours CPD time)
 Advocacy Skills Course (14 hours CPD time)

Time & Location

06 Feb 2023, 16:30 – 27 Feb 2023, 18:30

Glasgow, 12 Nelson Mandela Pl, Glasgow G2 1BT, UK

About the event

The Royal Faculty has designed a short course on advocacy skills intended to provide training and an opportunity for young lawyers to gain experience in advocacy and prepare court lawyers for appearance in court. The course will be delivered by experienced practitioners with input from sheriffs.  Attendees will be provided course notes, work in small groups and receive written feedback and bespoke expert guidance.  The emphasis is on the individual attendee carrying out various basic advocacy tasks before a sheriff and receiving personal feedback - it will cover general presentational skills, making submissions, and examination and cross examination of witnesses.

The course has already been run a number of times and has been very well received by attendees. In order to ensure the best possible standards the sessions will be limited to 8 delegates - as spaces are limited and the demand for this course is high early booking is recommended (places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis but we will also be operating a waiting list for future sessions).

It will provide a combination of guidance, tips, discussion, and constructive feedback to enable delegates to practise and improve their personal advocacy skills. The emphasis will be on giving delegates the opportunity to present under realistic conditions before a real sheriff, so it is very important that delegates are able to put aside the time to prepare adequately for their presentations.

The course will be held in the Royal Faculty Hall over successive Monday evenings in February 2023 (4.30pm-6.30pm).

WEEK 1 - 2 hours – Lecture by experienced practitioner, discussion amongst the group and mock presentations by individuals.

Introduction to the programme. Introduction to the group methodolgy. Discussion about the basics of advocacy. Voice, language, presentational skills, preparation for hearings and conduct in court. Delegates will present a simple unseen motion and receive individual feedback.

Allocation of roles and provision of papers for the next session. Arrangements for provision of support and assistance to delegates.

WEEK 2 – 2 hours – Making submissions in a contested motion.

Detailed papers will have been provided and delegates will be expected to have taken the time to carry out proper professional preparation with a view to presenting or opposing the motions individually. The case will be heard by a sheriff and delegates will be assisted by a mentor. Detailed personal feedback will be provided to individuals and there will be a group review to conclude.

Allocation of papers and roles for the next session.

Week 3 – 2 hours – Conduct of Proof – examination in chief.

Delegates will have been given papers and roles and are expected to prepare for the conduct of an examination in chief of a key witness in the case. Individual feedback will be provided.

Allocation of roles for the cross examination of the witnesses for the next session.

Week 4 – 2 hours – Conduct of Proof – Cross examination

Delegates will be expected to prepare for the cross examination of witnesses in the case.  Individual feedback will be provided.

By the conclusion of the programme, delegates should have a good understanding of advocacy skills in civil proceedings, and an opportunity to practise these skills in realistic simulated cases before a sheriff with assistance from a mentor and detailed feedback on their performance.


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