Preparing for a Criminal Trial in the Magistrates Court

Preparing for a Criminal Trial in the Magistrates Court

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Course Overview

Preparation is crucial and preparing for that all important criminal trial in the magistrates’ court is no exception. During this bite size webinar, experienced lecturer and duty solicitor Colin Beaumont will discuss the new trial procedure following the amendments brought about by the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015. Consideration will be given to the circumstances in which you might consider making a submission of no case to answer and how to handle the trial in which you have simply put the prosecution to proof whilst advancing no positive case. Guidance will also be offered in terms of what to say during your closing speech to help secure a successful outcome.

What are the requirements?

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Practitioners will know how improve the way in which they prepare for trials in the magistrates’ court.

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