Solicitor Advocate Course: Building on Foundations + Advanced

06 October 2021

About

For those who engage in court work and tribunals, the ability to deliver persuasive and effective advocacy is essential. Fine-tune your advocacy skills with this intensive course presented jointly by Queensland Law Society and the Australian Advocacy Institute.

October’s course offers two different learning levels to choose from:

1. Building on Foundations: This workshop is the second level in the Solicitor Advocate Course series. Aimed at practitioners wanting to build upon their advocacy skills. The workshop consists of a combination of interactive general sessions including examining case theory as it relates to evidence-in-chief, cross-examination and final submissions.

2. Advanced: This workshop is the third level in the Solicitor Advocate Course series. It is preferable that practitioners have had experience in appearing in court as this course will concentrate on skills in questioning witnesses, primarily in cross examination, based on final argument in support of case theory.

Program

4:45 pm
Registration

5:00 pm
Introduction to advocacy

Case theory 

Argument

6:30 pm
Close

4:45 pm
Registration

5:00 pm
Techniques in Cross-examination

Communication in court

6:00 pm
Close

8:45 am
Registration

9:00 am
Full day workshop

Solicitor Advocate Course: Building on Foundations

This full day workshop focuses on case theory as it relates to: 

Evidence in Chief

  • Structure of evidence in chief as a persuasive story; 
  • Presentation of the witness’s evidence without leading questions; 
  • Control of the witness’s narrative.

Cross examination

  • Understanding the relationship between cross examination and the case theory; 
  • Understanding the relationship between cross examination and final arguments in support of the case theory; and 
  • Ability to control cross examination by the use of leading propositions.

Final submissions

  • Preparation of final argument; 
  • Presenting a structured argument; 
  • Relating facts to legal propositions. 


Solicitor Advocate Course: Advanced 

This full day online workshop consists of a combination of interactive general sessions and performance sessions in breakout groups. In particular, the workshop focuses on case theory as it relates to questioning witnesses, primarily in cross examination, based on final argument in support of case theory. Before questioning a witness, participants will present a short submission to the judge/instructor outlining the argument the subsequent questioning will support. Depending on requirements, the case study used may include lay or expert witnesses.


3:00 pm
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