NALP Unit 34 - Criminal Litigation
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
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