Advocacy in the Adult Magistrates’ Court Update

Essential for criminal practitioners having to advise on difficult issues at an early stage in court proceedings

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Course Overview

Essential for anyone involved in advocacy in the Adult Magistrates’ Court, this bite-size 20-minute session will:

•  Explain the legal importance of that which is written on the PET form
•  Examine the circumstances in which adjournments should be granted
•  Explore the concept of possible minimum sentences
•  Offer an easily digestible approach to pleas in mitigation and bail applications/applications for a remand into custody
•  Deal with assaults on emergency workers
•  Discuss the circumstances in which an either-way offence may be reduced to a purely summary one
•  Ensure that practitioners are aware of how to assist the Magistrates’ with their Sentencing Guidelines
•  Consider both Section 240 and 240A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:
  • • Have a more practical understanding of advocacy in the Adult Magistrates’ Court
  • • Appreciate the importance of keeping up to date with new offences and new sentences available to the Court Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be required to assist the Court in the area of sentencing
  • • Recognise the difference between defences and special reasons
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client concerning the possible sentence
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances in which the client, upon plea, might be looking at a day’s detention and the benefits of such a disposal
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at Court!

What is the target audience?

  • Qualified criminal law practitioners



About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    5 Page


  • Quiz