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Jeremy Robson - advocacy

  1. 1. AdvocacyJeremy Robson – Barrister and Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School
  2. 2. 27 June 2012 2
  3. 3. What are the skills of an advocate?“ No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, andrelatively clean finger nails” John Mortimer, “A Voyage round my father” 197127 June 2012 3
  4. 4. Preparation27 June 2012 4
  5. 5. An ability to identify the key issues27 June 2012 5
  6. 6. Knowing when to sit down and shut up27 June 2012 6
  7. 7. Act ethically27 June 2012 7
  8. 8. Keep it simple27 June 2012 8
  9. 9. How do you acquire these skills?PractiseObservationResearch27 June 2012 9
  10. 10. Cross examination• Aims;• 1) To undermine the credibility of the witness• 2) To get them to accept your case• 3) To establish anything which might be helpful27 June 2012 10
  11. 11. Rules• Keep the witness under control• Always follow a logical structure• Always ask closed questions• Always aim for a yes/no answer• Never expect the witness to agree27 June 2012 11
  12. 12. 27 June 2012 12
  13. 13. Regina v Adam Small27 June 2012 13
  14. 14. Questions27 June 2012 14
  15. 15. 27 June 2012 15

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