Advocacy and the Vulnerable - 17 June

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable national training programme was developed by members of a working group headed by HHJ Rook QC in response to the Government’s September 2014 paper, Our Commitment to Victims. Recognising and dealing appropriately with vulnerability is a skill that can be taught. There is a wide spectrum of vulnerabilities from age and background to physical or mental health and other developmental issues. This course has been designed to ensure that all advocates, when dealing with vulnerable witnesses, understand the key principles behind the approach to and questioning of vulnerable people in the justice system.

Training materials have been prepared by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and training is being delivered by the Inns and Circuits. Sessions will be led by barristers and judges who have been trained to facilitate the sessions. It is anticipated that Advocacy and the Vulnerable training will become mandatory for any advocate wishing to undertake publicly funded work in serious sexual offence cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

Barrister training session on Saturday 17 June 2017

Inner Temple will be running two 3-hour Advocacy and the Vulnerable training sessions for barristers on Saturday 17 June 2017, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (barristers may only book to attend one course).

Please note that attendance on the course requires a minimum of 8 hours’ advance preparation (reading selected materials and viewing videos) including submission of cross-examination questions one week in advance of the course. Instructions and materials will be sent to you by email in due course after booking.

How to Book

Members of the Inn are giving up their time to teach the session so we would be grateful if you would consider your booking as a professional commitment.

Open to: barristers of all Inns

Course fee: FREE

Venue: Inner Temple

CPD: course attendance equivalent to 3 CPD hours. Pre-course preparation equivalent to 8 CPD hours.

Please visit the Events Booking Portal to book the morning or afternoon session.

In the event that the course is fully booked, please email to be added to the reserve list or to express an interest in future courses in the autumn.