Developed by Datalaw's Assessment Board and accessible
via any internet connected computer, mobile or other internet ready device for
a period of 12 months, this practical sample-based course and contains the following:
How to Prepare a Perfect Magistrates’ Court Portfolio Webinar
theory the Portfolio should be the easiest part of the accreditation; It can be
completed in your own time, you are able to access any legal materials you
require, and it comprises cases which you have chosen yourself.
In practice, a surprising number of candidates rush the Portfolio assessment and begin writing up their cases without proper consideration of the guidance available. These candidates are significantly more likely to make basic errors which can be easily avoided, if you allow adequate time and gather sufficient resources before commencing the Portfolio.
The key purpose of this webinar is to assist candidates understand what the Assessment Board are looking for when marking the Portfolio, so that you can write up your cases accordingly. Remember, the Assessment Board cannot assume anything! Stating that ‘I advised my client regarding…’ is not sufficient. You need to detail what you did, what you said and why.
on the guidance provided on registration, this session will break-down what
headings you should use when writing up a case study, what information needs to
be included within each section and the level of detail required. Consideration
will be given to the following areas:
In addition, this webinar will offer practical guidance in respect of the technical requirements of the Portfolio including the age and chronology of your cases, which forms must be included within your submission etc.
course includes several sample Portfolios for you to review while putting your
own submission together.
Full course notes are provided. These notes contain sample case studies, with commentary, which will assist you when writing up your own Portfolio.
Written and recorded by James Parry
James is a partner at Parry and Welch Solicitors which speacialises in dangerous dogs cases.
James is a solicitor and high court advocate with 25 years experience in the criminal justice sector, ten of which were spent with the magistrates' court service, and ten in private practice. James is the author of "Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings" (Butterworths), and various published papers dealing with diverse aspects of the criminal justice system. James is a former chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee and an experienced and well-regarded CPD lecturer.