The Law Evidence and Practice of Breach Proceedings

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Course Overview

Essential for all criminal practitioners seeking to refresh their knowledge in this area, this course will explain the important provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relating to breaches and will be of interest to anyone having to deal with these issues at Court.

Offering an easily digestible approach to practical evidential issues, experienced lecturer Colin Beaumont will ensure that practitioners are aware of the main distinctions between Youth and Adult proceedings and will provide a clear break-down of legal burdens in this area. In addition, this course will provide guidance regarding some of the difficult issues which committals for sentence can present.

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

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Have a more practical understanding of how breach proceedings actually work
    • Understand the importance of the 2 different Acts in this area
    • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be addressing the Court that it is absolutely pointless to commit for sentence
    • Know how Schedules 8 and 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 work in this area
    • Have considered the costs in this area
    • Appreciate the differences between the breach of a Community Order  and the breach of a suspended sentence of imprisonment
    • Be able to recognise circumstances when you as the when the burden rests clearly with the Probation Service
    • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you at the hearing

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
    2 Page
  • Discussion Questions
    1 Page
  • Evaluation
    3 Page