Court Duty Solicitor Update 2021

An invaluable update for qualified criminal legal aid practitioners.

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Course Overview

It is not easy being the Court Duty Solicitor. Expectations from the Court and the client are very high. It is assumed that, because you are experienced, you must know everything. This, of course, will always be far from the truth. The purpose of this 1-hour webinar is to massively increase your knowledge of recent developments in the Court, thereby increasing your confidence to act as the Court Duty Solicitor.

It has been written, and will be presented, by a person who spent many years in the role. The content of the course will be equally valid to those who prosecute in the matter and to those who act as legal advisers to the Magistrates'.

It will concentrate heavily on issues which need to be considered at the first hearing of the case – traditionally, the hearing at which the Duty Solicitor is likely to become most involved

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 1 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • The following 10 items will give you an idea of the content of the webinar:
  • Allocation and Sending – the Guidance recently published by the Justices' Clerk's Society in February 2021
  • Re-openings under Section 142 the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 and the new Rule 44 contained within the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020
  • Statutory Declarations – Rule 44 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020
  • The list of those who are covered by the Duty Solicitor Scheme (as you know, not everyone is covered by the scheme)
  • Some issues that may well arise when you are acting as the Court Duty Solicitor in the Youth Court – a tricky place if you are unaccustomed to being there
  • The current position on credit for a timely guilty plea following the 2021 Court of Appeal decision of Plaku/Plaku/Bourdon/Smith
  • Some assistance as to how to complete the PET form in the Magistrates' Court following a 'not guilty' plea
  • Alcohol and driving and drugs and driving – a fruitful source of work in the Magistrates' Court – the things you need to know as Court Duty Solicitor
  • The things you really do need to know about the Sentencing Code – of relevance where the conviction is on or after 1st December 2020
  • Knife Crime Prevention Orders under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – these may be made in certain Courts from the 5th July 2021 and are enforceable in all Courts in England and Wales

What is the target audience?

  • Qualified criminal practitioners


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Course Curriculum


  • Webinar


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