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Vulnerable Witness Handling (Crime): Principles and Practice - Online


Course Information

Law School Court Room

Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 8

Fee: £299.17 + VAT. Ask us if you'd prefer an invoice sent to your company.

This online introductory course for new advocates will concentrate on the first principles of vulnerable witness handling in the criminal courts.

This course requires no prior knowledge and will provide a useful guide for the newly qualified advocate of up to 3 years PQE

Course Code

Course Description

During the course delegates will:

  • Consider the form and content of the ground rules hearing.
  • Discuss the “20 principles of questioning” and consider their application in practice
  • Construct questions for cross examination of a vulnerable witness
  • Consider the techniques for cross examination of vulnerable witnesses
  • Review the options available to the court to facilitate the examination of vulnerable witnesses - Including special measures
  • Consider the “Advocate Toolkits” for examination of vulnerable witnesses
  • Work with an experienced tutor to craft a set of appropriate questions.
  • Consider the available options when questioning does not go according to plan.

On successful completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • effectively prepare for the examination of a vulnerable witness
  • construct appropriate questions for cross examination of a vulnerable witness
  • conduct a Ground Rules hearing
  • understand Special Measures available.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered live, online, between 10 am and 4 pm each day with a 45 minute break for lunch at 12.30 pm.

On enrolment, you will receive a programme, a short reading list/workbook, a case study and an exercise which must be completed prior to the course. You must read the case study prior to the course.

On completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and feedback form. 

Any questions?

Contact Nottingham Law School:

Email: [email protected]

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