Advocacy provides an excellent, highly practical, introduction to the skills and techniques required to deliver submissions and applications in the courts with confidence. It covers the full range of court room transactions from opening and closing cases, to conducting examination-in-chief and cross-examination, and questioning witnesses.
Strong advocacy skills are vital to the success of a barrister's career. Written by experienced advocates and advocate trainers, Advocacy has been designed to provide a highly practical introduction to the key skills and techniques which it is necessary to master in order to present a variety of applications and submissions to courts and tribunals with confidence. Full coverage of all aspects of advocacy is provided including guidance on making opening and closing speeches, planning and delivering examination-in-chief and cross-examination, and questioning witnesses. The manual also provides invaluable guidance, and examples of, the specific questioning techniques which can be employed in practice and highlights the ethical boundaries and rules within which an advocate must work. Covering the most common types of applications likely to be faced by junior barristers, a number of 'how-to-do-it' guides, contained in the final part of the manual, provide an invaluable insight into how particular applications should be made in practice.Also including a general guide to the preparation of skeleton arguments, types of proceedings covered by the 'how-to-do-it' guides include applying for injunctions or costs in a civil case, making a bail application or a submission of no case to answer in the criminal courts, or presenting a case at an employment tribunal. Advocacy is essential reading for all trainee barristers, and is also a useful source of reference for junior practitioners wishing to refine their advocacy skills.
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This manual is edited by Robert McPeake, Barrister, Principal Lecturer, The City Law School
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION; 1. Introduction; 2. The qualities of the advocate; 3. Ethics, etiquette and cross-cultural communication in the courtroom; PART II : THE BASIC COMPONENTS FOR APPLICATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS; 4. Recognising competence - advocacy skills criteria; 5. Preparing for court; 6. The content of your application; 7. Structuring your application; 8. Delivering your application; 9. Persuasion; PART III: PREPARING FOR ADVOCACY; 10. You and your voice; 11. Memory and recall; 12. Note-taking; 13. Modes of address; 14. The advocate as a storyteller; 15. The course of a trial; PART IV: OPENING AND CLOSING A CASE; 16. Opening speeches; 17. Closing speeches; PART V: WITNESSES; 18. The task ahead; 19. Basic components for witness handling; 20. Basic questioning skills; 21. Examination-in-chief; 22. Cross-examination; 23. Re-examination; PART VI: HOW-TO-DO-IT GUIDES; 24. Using this Part of the manual; 25. Skeleton arguments; 26. Default judgments; 27. Summary judgments; 28. Interim payments; 29. Applying for an injunction; 30. Applications to strike out for want of prosecution; 31. Applications in the Chancery Division; 32. The companies court; 33. Possession cases; 34. Application for a preliminary reference to the European Court of Justice; 35. Applying for costs in a civil case; 36. Employment tribunals; 37. Remands/adjournments; 38. Bail application; 39. Conducting a 'trial within a trial'; 40. Making a submission of no case to answer; 41. Prosecuting a plea of guilty in the Crown Court; 42. The plea in mitigation; Appendix: A criminal case: R v Heath
Advocacy: 2008-2009 by The City Law School
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