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NALP Unit 34 - Criminal Litigation

NALP Unit 34 - Criminal Litigation

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Course Overview

Unit 34 – Criminal Litigation for Paralegals is one of the optional technical legal knowledge units for those studying towards a Level 3 qualification recognised and awarded by The National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP).

The aim of the unit is to provide the learner with detailed knowledge of key aspects of criminal litigation. The learner will understand the criminal litigation procedure in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court from arrest to trial. In addition, the learner will know the funding mechanisms available for criminal litigation matters. The learner will also understand the professional conduct requirements when dealing with criminal litigation, and the role of a Paralegal in this area of law. The skills developed by the learner include: the ability to identify and use factual, procedural and theoretical understanding to complete tasks and address well defined but complex or non-routine issues; time management to include taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks; the ability to exercise autonomy and judgement within a given scenario; the ability to use and interpret legal language.

This unit comprises a comprehensive workbook developed by NALP which provides all of the information that learners will need to meet the learning outcomes detailed below.

In addition, Datalaw have designed several webinars focusing on key aspects of the syllabus for this unit to help explain and contextualise the material provided in the workbooks.

Delivered by solicitor and lecturer Matthew Hickling, the webinars within this unit cover following the topics:
  •  Police Powers in the Investigation and Detection of Crime           
  •  Principles of Professional Conduct in Criminal Litigation                                                                     
  •  Functions of the Criminal Court and the Mode of Trial Procedures
  •  Pre-Trial Disclosure  
  •  Funding and Sentencing

What are the requirements?

  • Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Understand police powers in the investigation and detection of crime
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of professional conduct in criminal litigation
  • 3. Know in detail the classification of criminal offences and the criminal procedure that flows from each
  • 4. Identify and describe the functions and jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court
  • 5. Thoroughly understand the mode of trial proceedings
  • 6. Understand the pre-trial function and procedures for the disclosure of evidence
  • 7. Understand the scope of funding for criminal matters
  • 8. Understand the sentencing process

Learning Outcomes

  • Once learners have reviewed the NALP workbook and supporting material supplied by Datalaw, they will be ready to request the assignment for this unit. The assignment consists of a written piece of work which learners have 4-weeks to complete.

What is the target audience?

  • Current and prospective paralegals



About Instructor - Matthew Hickling

Criminal Law and Compliance

Matthew Hickling is an experienced legal professional and speaker who now delivers high quality training. As a former Head of a Fraud Squad before qualifying as a solicitor, Matthew makes challenging topics such as financial crime easy to understand and enjoyable to engage with. In addition to training widely in the legal sector, Matthew also delivers Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime training for the International Compliance Association to other regulated professionals in the regulated financial sectors. An external lecturer and examiner for two universities, Matthew is also author of a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Crime. He is a member of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee.

Course Curriculum


  • Unit 34 - Criminal Litigation Workbook
    98 Page
  • Unit 34 Workbook Observations
    3 Page

Part 1

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    34 Page

Part 2

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    23 Page

Part 3

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    40 Page

Part 4

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    47 Page

NALP L3 New Workbook Unit 34

  • NALP L3 New Unit 34 Workbook
    109 Page
  • L3 Sample Questions
    9 Page

L3 Qualification Specification

  • L3 Qualification Specification
    44 Page
  • NALP L3 Distance Learner Guide
    11 Page


  • Price
  • £ 250