Each year, the Inner Temple holds a CPD Weekend for practitioners beyond the new practitioner stage. A weekend is often organised in conjunction with a Specialist Bar Association.
The weekend is typically split into a series of lectures by high profile speakers on the Saturday and optional practical advocacy exercises conducted by the Inn's advocacy trainers on the Sunday morning. The weekend is usually accredited for 6 CPD hours on the Saturday and 3 CPD hours on the Sunday morning.
Past weekends have covered topics such as Serious Sexual Offences, Practical Guidance for Appellate Advocacy, Employment Law and Vulnerable Witnesses. Details of CPD weekends for 2013 will be posted here in spring 2013.
Working with Vulnerable Witnesses Advocacy Training Day – 29 November 2014
Following the successful pilot course last year, Inner Temple and The Advocacy Training Council will again be running a one day advocacy training course on Saturday 29 November focusing on working with vulnerable witnesses.
This training is of particular importance following the announcement to launch a five-point plan designed to help victims of crime, including a pledge to enshrine victims' rights in statute in the next Parliament as part of a major set of reforms. The MoJ announced on 15 September 2014 that all publicly funded advocates will need to have specialist victims training before becoming involved in serious sexual offences cases.
Keynote addresses will be given by The Hon Mr Justice Green, Chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, and Nick Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar. Participants will then, in small groups, cross-examine a professional actor using case materials provided in advance. The actor will have been briefed to behave in the way a witness suffering from ADHD would react to cross-examination. Participants will receive feedback on their advocacy from experienced advocacy trainers including Her Honour Judge Korner CMG QC, Tracy Ayling QC, Sarah Clarke, Michael Soole QC and Bobbie Cheema QC.
This one day training event aims to help practitioners understand the techniques and strategies for working with vulnerable witnesses, and to ensure that those with vulnerabilities that come in to contact with the justice system will have their needs met.