Training course

Local Authority Prosecutions

03 December 2020
10:00 - 17:00
Eversheds, Leeds

Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5QT

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This course is most suitable for those who are new to prosecution work within a local authority and/or within their first few years of practice. Delegates will be taken through the basic procedures to ensure correct and successful prosecutions in the Magistrates’ Court. Delegates should already or intend to hold a Right of Audience in the Magistrates’ Court.

The day will include practical syndicate sessions on witness statements, application of the Codes, and drafting Informations and Summonses.

Course Content

  • Code of Practice for Prosecutors and other relevant Codes and Guidance
  • Checking authorisations to prosecute and reviewing evidence
  • The decision to prosecute and other disposals
  • Identifying the Defendant and the correct offences
  • Drafting Informations/Summonses
  • Preparation for a hearing or trial
  • Objecting, handling and dealing with defence applications
  • Obligations of the defence advocate
  • Duties to the Court

The course will equip delegates to carry out their duties in role and help them:

  • Feel confident with procedural issues
  • Understand the paperwork and the importance of thorough preparation
  • Tackle weak cases with the client
  • Deal effectively and professionally with the defence
  • Fulfil their responsibilities confidently and correctly
  • See the case from beginning to end

This course will contribute to the following aspects of the SRA’s Statement of solicitor competence:

A2 Maintain the level of competence and legal knowledge needed to practice effectively, taking into account changes in their role and/or practice context and developments in the law

A4 Draw on sufficient detailed knowledge and understanding of their field(s) of work and role in order to practice effectively

B4 Draft documents which are legally effective and accurately reflect the client’s instructions

B7 Plan, manage and progress legal cases and transactions

Local Authority Prosecutions

03 December 2020 | 10:00 - 17:00

£215 +VAT

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