Practical Advocacy in the Crown Court follows the life of a case in the Crown Court chronologically, providing guidance and insights at each step. It guides the reader from first conference through legal arguments and witness handling to sentencing hearings, with references to procedure, codes of conduct, and key cases. With an emphasis on practical advice, each chapter follows a similar format incorporating dos and don'ts, mock situations, and sections on good practice.
Key topics covered include:
-Making and opposing bail applications
-Effective communication with lay clients
-Appeals against conviction and sentence in the Crown Court
-Witness handling of complainants, vulnerable witnesses, police officers and experts
-Making effective jury speeches
-Sentencing, mitigation and advocacy in cases involving the Mental Health Act
This is the only specialist guide written for Crown Court advocates, by Crown Court advocates. It provides learned advice on common situations such as hearsay applications, hostile witnesses, making speeches or mitigating in cases where it may feel like there is little to say. It also provides insight on good communication with clients as well as court room advocacy, and dealing with lay clients, solicitors and police officers in conference. In addition, it covers written advocacy in detail, including persuasive skeleton arguments and using jury bundles effectively.
Depending on the experience of the reader, this book helps the:
-new advocate by giving them insight into situations that arise frequently, with a proper understanding of their role, as well as advice on how to adapt their style to the witness or the Judge
-progressing advocate to develop skills with advice garnered from counsel of many years' experience, such as sections dealing with witness handling and evidential submissions in more complex cases, including rape and serious sexual offences work, proceeds of crime applications, case conferences with the CPS and presenting documents to juries in larger cases
-experienced and busy advocate by looking at situations of greater complexity, such as the purpose of jury advocacy, and it will also act as a refresher for the more established advocate with writer's block in a tricky case