My Client is Vulnerable How to Communicate with Them

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Course Overview

This course is aimed at anyone dealing with people who struggle to communicate effectively in court –through age, disability or other conditions. It will also useful for police station representatives who will encounter such people at the police station and those taking instructions in the office to prepare cases.

This course identifies the Practice Directions, Criminal Procedure Rules and case law governing vulnerable defendants and witnesses and will consider the following:

  • Establishing a level playing field for the vulnerable party
  • The Advocates’ Toolkits- essential reading for all advocates
  • Case management
  • Competence
  • Useful case law
  • Preparing the trial
  • Protecting the vulnerable party at trial
  • What could possibly go wrong?

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent considering the discussion questions and completing the evaluation form)
  • Watch 20 minute recorded webinar, including reference notes, discussion questions and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will: Be able to identify people who are covered by the Practice Directions on vulnerable defendants and witnesses; Know where to find the law, cases and procedural rules Know what directions are needed at the first hearing Dealing with non-compliance Identify whether an intermediary is needed and whether you will get one Gain an understanding of what is involved in examining or cross-examining such a person Know what can go wrong and how to manage it Protect the client or witness from unacceptable questioning

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for advocates of all levels




About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


  • Slides
    48 Page
  • Evaluation Scenario
    2 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60