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(Event postponed) Vulnerable Witnesses Roadshow 2020 - Kilmarnock

Location:
Kilmarnock

CPD Hours: 3hours 30minutes

This seminar will provide guidance to both instructing solicitors and solicitor advocates. We will also highlight now that the measures are likely for eventual extension to the Sheriff Court and therefore all Sheriff Court practitioners are warmly encouraged to participate.

Event postponed

Due to Covid-19 we have postponed this event. We will endeavour to reschedule this event as soon as possible. If you have already booked a place for this event, or require more information, please email: cpd@lawscot.org.uk

 

 

3.5 hours verifiable CPD or 3.5 hours Advocacy focused CPD

Substantial changes have been made to criminal court procedure and practice concerning vulnerable witnesses, particularly child witnesses at this stage of implementation. This seminar will welcome expert speakers who will address exactly that the Act and Commencement Regulations mean. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop vital drafting and advocacy skills.

The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2019 ensure that any child witness under the age of 18 giving evidence in the most serious cases in the High Court, will be allowed to have it pre-recorded, sparing them the trauma of giving evidence during a trial. 

This seminar will provide guidance to both instructing solicitors and solicitor advocates. We will also highlight now that the measures are likely for eventual extension to the Sheriff Court and therefore all Sheriff Court practitioners are warmly encouraged to participate.

 

Learning outcomes

Whilst the Act will be phased in implementation, this seminar, by bringing together insight and early-stage guidance from a variety of perspectives will ensure that you have the clarity you need on how the change in the court’s procedure and expectations will be implemented. 

Confirmed speakers
  • Frances McMenamin QC, Senior Counsel, Black Chambers
  • Liz Dougan, Solicitor Advocate, Brazenall & Orr
  • Kris Gilmartin, Solicitor Advocate, GFM Law
  • 12:45 - 13:00

    Registration and lunch
  • Speaker
    Liz Dougan, Solicitor Advocate, Brazenall & Orr
  • 13:10 - 13:40

    Preparation knowledge

    • Rolled out in stages
    • Notices
    • Simplified procedures
    • Response times

    13:40 - 13:45

    Questions and discussion

    13:45 - 14:15

    Court expectations

    • Timelines
    • Guidance on ground rules hearing
    • Examples of questions and layout
    • What does the Court want to know?

    Speaker
    Kris Gilmartin, GFM Law

    14:15 - 14:20

    Questions and discussion

    14:20 - 15:10

    Drafting and toolkits workshop

    • Brief case study review
    • Lodging questions 'Written pleadings'
    • Representing your client: the technique and drafting in a specific way
    • Toolkits and techniques: Practical matters and principles

    Speaker
    Frances McMenamin QC, Senior Counsel, Black Chambers
  • 15:10 - 15:25

    Refreshments and networking
  • 15:25 - 15:55

    Commissions

    • Barnhaus
    • Provisions for child witnesses
    • The role of the instructing solicitor: Legal aid implications
    • Practicalities

    15:55 - 16:25

    Post commission and trial

    • Disc and transcript
    • Evidence and demeanour aspects to consider

  • 16:25 - 16:40

    Closing remarks

Prices

prices exclude VAT

Member:
£147.34
 
New member:
£134.53
 
Accredited Paralegal:
£134.53
 
Trainee:
£134.53
 
Unemployed member:
£123.86
 
Non-member:
£162.29
 

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