Evidence - 12 Points You Need to Know

Evidence - 12 Points You Need to Know

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Course Overview

Essential for anyone advising clients regarding difficult issues at the police station, in the office or at Court, this session will examine some important everyday dilemmas which criminal practitioners face and will offer advice on how to how to handle such situations effectively.

This course provides a practical discussion of the relevance and admissibility of evidence and will explain the res gestae exception to the hearsay rule.

Delivered by experienced lecturer Colin Beaumont, this course will deal with the interests of justice exception to the rule against the admissibility of hearsay under Section 114 (1) (d) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003

Offering an easily digestible approach to bad character evidence, this course will also deal with the circumstances in which Section 119 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 might be useful to the prosecution and will ensure that practitioners are aware of the important procedural differences between applications under Section 76 of PACE and applications under Section 78 of PACE.

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 - 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the importance of certain rules of evidence
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be making or opposing a bad character application
  • • Know how the common law exceptions to the rule against hearsay (including res gestae) were retained by Section 118 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client where hearsay evidence is involved
  • • Appreciate the importance of serving your expert report and statement on the other side
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when you just might have an arguable case that evidence was obtained unfairly
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at Court!

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including probationary and accredited police station representatives and duty solicitors


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

  • Notes
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  • Quiz