What is Harassment

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Course Overview

Ever read a set of papers and thought “Surely that isn’t harassment?” but been convicted nevertheless or wondered how the accused was acquitted when you prosecuted what you thought looked a firm case? Not all unpleasantness between people amounts to a criminal offence.

Aimed at anyone prosecuting or defending harassment cases in the Crown or Magistrates’’ Court, this course will review the recent case of O’Neill and will consider the following:

  • What the higher courts regard as harassment
  • What falls short and why?
  • What must the prosecution prove?
  • Is the complainant’s opinion as to whether they were harassed enough?
  • Useful case law
  • When to raise your argument
  • Your closing speech
  • How a jury / Bench should be directed

What are the requirements?

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

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will: Be able to sift weak cases, where the test can probably not be made out from the stronger ones Have considered where a point of law might be raised at half-time Know how to examine and cross-examine in order to lay your foundations, then marshal arguments in your closing speech

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for advocates of all levels



About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Discussion Questions
    2 Page
  • Slides
    22 Page
  • Evaluation
    2 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60