Excellence in Advocacy

Stage 1 - Online preparation

On this page you will find all the necessary materials to complete your online preparation for the national training programme. After you watch the films and read all the written materials, you will be able to prepare your draft questions for cross-examination which you will need to submit to your training provider a week before you attend your course.

If you fail to submit your questions in advance or fail to demonstrate that you have engaged fully with the materials, you will not be permitted to continue to attend your face-to-face course. A lack of preparation on behalf of a delegate could affect the value of the course for others. For quality assurance purposes, training providers will be expected to demonstrate that they have followed this protocol. 

Follow the steps below to work your way through the preparation for your course.

Compulsory materials

Step 1 - Watch the introduction videos

Please ensure you watch the following videos prior the completion of your course:

Course introduced: Questioning the Vulnerable - HHJ Peter Rook QC

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Ground Rules and Section 28 Hearings - HHJ Sally Cahill QC

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Children and the Court - Professor Michael Lamb

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Development of the Law - Professor John Spencer

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Endorsements

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Step 2 - Watch the plenary session

Only watch the plenary session in advance, if required by your training provider.

The Principles of Questioning - HHJ Sally Cahill QC

Download HHJ Cahill's presentation here; and the text transcript of the above video is also available.

Step 3 - Read the case study

Step 4 - Watch the GRH film

R v George Graham Ground Rules Hearing

The text transcript of the above video is available for download here.

Step 5 - Learn to apply the 20 Principles of Questioning

Optional resources

The Legal Research Paper

This is a compilation of current cases and legislation relevant to dealing with vulnerable witnesses. 

We are grateful to Eleanor Laws QC, author of the Legal Research Paper, who has given her kind permission for it to be used as part of these training materials. The author of the Ground Rules Hearing checklist is Professor Penny Cooper who has given her kind permission for it to be included here. We are grateful to Patrick Duffy for updating it. This paper should not be copied, reproduced, modified or distributed beyond the scope of this course or used as the basis for any other training events or seminars.

Follow this link to download the paper.

Criminal Practice Directions

  • Criminal Practice Directions [2016] EWCA Crim 97

    An amendment to the Criminal Practice Directions 2015 [2016] EWCA 1567 was handed down by the Lord Chief Justice on 23 March 2016 and came into force on 4 April 2016 at the same time as the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016 (SI 2016/120). It amended existing practice directions and added new ones. Download the document here.

  • Criminal Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2016

    Download the document here.

Podcasts

  • HHJ Patricia Lynch QC - Trial preparation


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • HHJ Patricia Lees - Trial preparation from the prosecution perspective


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Dr. Eileen Vizard - Vulnerable children with special communicative needs


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Dr. Brendan O'Mahony - Cross-examination of vulnerable persons


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Rosina Cottage QC - Best practice when prosecuting vulnerable cases


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Abbie from Barnardo's shares her experience of the criminal justice system


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • HHJ Mark Lucraft QC and HHJ Rook QC - Best practice


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Tracy Weedall (Barnardo's) - Working alongside young people during lengthy investigations


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Professor Penny Cooper - intermediaries' role in criminal courts


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Sue Thurman - Assisting witnesses with communication difficulties


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Frankie (Young Ambassador for Just For Kids Law) - Experience of a criminal court as youth defendant


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

  • Mel Stooks - Representing youth defendants before youth courts


    The text transcript of the above podcast is available for download here.

Toolkits

A set of 18 toolkits are available to download from The Advocate's Gateway (TAG) website. The toolkits have been praised as a "must use" resource when preparing cases involving vulnerable witnesses or defendants.

TAG contains a wealth of useful resources for advocates.

Recommended reading list

Follow this link to download the list.

Accessibility

Accessible (screen reader ready) word versions of all materials available in pdf format within this pages can be provided upon request. Should delegates need such versions, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Page last updated on 11 January 2018
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