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Criminal law conference

Date: 23rd October 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:05

Location:
Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EX

CPD Hours: 5hours 30minutes

This conference will address several recent developments, not just outlining the law but offering practical, case-study based advice on how to best adjust to these challenges.

5.5 hours verifiable CPD

There is a lot to talk about in criminal law right now. The ramifications of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 continue to be felt, and the subsequent case law has clarified some areas while complexifying others. In addition to this, the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 has brought its own changes while recent high-profile cases featuring social media have raised questions as to the admissibility of livestreamed evidence and its risks of falling in contempt of court.

All of these issues, and more, will be addressed at the Criminal law conference this October.

At this event you will:

  • Discuss the key implications of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 and how they will affect the role of a solicitor
  • Bring clarity to issues such as s38 offences, police station interviews and the use of evidence from social media
  • Learn practical tips and tricks to improve your court work and criminal practice.
  • Fred Mackintosh QC, Terra Firma Chambers 
  • Claire Mitchell QC, Compass Chambers
  • Sheriff Frank Crowe
  • Stuart Munro, Director, Livingstone Brown
  • Iain Paterson, Solicitor Advocate, Paterson Bell
  • Alan Robertson, Senior Associate, MBS Solicitors
  • Safeena Rashid, Advocate, Hastie Stable
  • 09:00 - 09:20

    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20 - 09:30

    Welcome and introduction
  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Prior inconsistent statements and hearsay evidence

    • Relevant legislation and case law
    • Admissibility of prior statements
    • Occasions where hearsay evidence is admissable

    Speaker
    Iain Paterson, Solicitor Advocate, Paterson Bell

    10:00 - 10:10

    Questions and discussion

    10:10 - 10:40

    Vulnerable witnesses

    • Challenges in cross-examination and examination-in-chief
    • Balancing needs of vulnerable witnesses with the accused's right to a fair trial
    • Suggested best practice

    Speaker
    Alan Robertson, Senior Associate, MBS Solicitors

    10:40 - 10:50

    Questions and discussion

  • 10:50 - 11:05

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:05 - 11:35

    Conducting sheriff and jury trials

    • Common errors and how to resolve them
    • How to address the jury 
    • Preparation and drafting jury speeches

     

    Speaker
    Safeena Rashid, Advocate, Hastie Stable

    11:35 - 11:45

    Questions and discussion

    11:45 - 12:15

    Defective representation

    • Anderson v HM Advocate and subsequent developments
    • Avoiding claims of defective representation 
    • What approaches have been taken by the court?

    Speaker
    Claire Mitchell QC, Compass Chambers

    12:15 - 12:25

    Questions and discussion

  • 12:25 - 13:10

    Lunch and networking
  • 13:10 - 13:40

    "No comment" interviews

    • Risks and rewards
    • What, when and whether to say anything
    • Disclosing a defence - should you?

     

    Speaker
    Stuart Munro, Director, Livingstone Brown

    13:40 - 13:50

    Questions and discussion

    13:50 - 14:20

    Police station interviews 

    • What role should the solicitor play?
    • Best practice: what works and what doesn't
    • What skills are needed to conduct effective police station interviews and how can they be developed?

    14:20 - 14:30

    Questions and discussion

  • 14:30 - 14:45

    Refreshment and networking
  • 14:45 - 15:15

    Section 38 Offences

    • Clarifying the parameters of an s38 offence
    • What are the limits to s38?
    • What are the key cases?
    • What is a "reasonable" behaviour?

    Speaker
    Fred Mackintosh QC, Terra Firma Chambers

    15:15 - 15:20

    Questions and discussion

    15:20 - 15:55

    Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019

    • Contents and implementation of the Act
    • What do you have to do as a solicitor?
    • How can I manage my client

    Speaker
    Sheriff Frank Crowe,

    15:55 - 16:05

    Questions and discussion

  • 16:05 - 16:10

    Closing remarks

Prices

prices exclude VAT

Member:
£210.42
 
New member:
£175.00
 
Accredited Paralegal:
£175.00
 
Trainee:
£175.00
 
Unemployed member:
£162.50
 
Non-member:
£222.92
 

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