Making That All Important Abuse of Process Argument

Making That All Important Abuse of Process Argument

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Course Overview

The ability to make a compelling abuse of process argument is a key skill for any criminal practitioner. This course, delivered by experienced lecturer and practitioner Colin Beaumont will present viewers with a number of challenging scenarios in which an abuse of process argument can be made. Viewers will be encouraged to consider the circumstances of each scenario and determine how they would act in practice.

Points to consider include:

  • Abuse where the prosecution has taken unfair advantage of a technicality
  • Unconscionable delay rendering a fair trial impossible
  • If it may be an abuse to charge when a caution has been a consideration


What are the requirements?

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

Learning Outcomes

  • A thorough understanding of the issues to consider when making an abuse of process argument and a greater understanding of the where abuse of process arguments may be heard, particularly on either-way matters.

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal 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


  • Notes
    1 Page
  • Evaluation
    2 Page