A Practical Approach to Adjudications

A Practical Approach to Adjudications

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Course Overview

This is a practical session designed to assist practitioners develop the tactics needed to achieve the best results for clients in adjudications.

During this webinar experienced prison law solicitor and speaker Dean Kingham will discuss the case of R (Gifford) v Governor of HMP Bure [2014], a governor only adjudication, to provide practitioners with guidance on matters where there will need to be subsequent proceedings.

The case of R (Soar) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015], a matter in which Dean Kingham had personal involvement will also be reviewed; In this case, prior to obtaining receiving telephone advise from a mental health professional, the governor had the client removed from the adjudication hearing. In effect the evidence was took in closed the session and was later referenced by the governor when finding the client guilty. The basis on which this decision was challenged and the concerns that this matter highlights for practitioners will also be considered   

The following areas, as they relate to prison adjudications will also be discussed:

·         ‘Disability’ Equality Act 2010

·         Duty to make reasonable adjustments

·         Tarrant principles

·         Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of, and feel confident when advising clients regarding adjudications

What is the target audience?

  • Prison law practitioners



About Instructor - Dean Kingham

Dean is Head of the Prison law, Crime and Public Law department at Swain Solicitors.

Having represented some of the most high profile prisoners in recent years, Dean was listed in the 2015 Legal 500 directory which described him as a ‘specialist in parole’. Dean is a current committee member for the Association of Prison Lawyers and sits on the Parole Board user group and Parole Standards Board.

In addition, Dean has assisted FASO (False Allegation Support Organisation), has close links with JENGBA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association) and is a member of Justice, the Law reform and human rights organisation.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Reference Notes
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  • Discussion Points
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