Advocacy (20th edition)

ISBN : 9780198860389

The City Law School
416 Pages
206 x 292 mm
Pub date
Aug 2020
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Written by experienced advocates and advocacy trainers, Advocacy provides an excellent introduction to the skills and techniques required to be an advocate. Coverage includes guidance on making opening and closing speeches; planning and delivering examination-in-chief and cross-examination; questioning witnesses; as well as examples of specific questioning techniques which may be employed in practice. Additionally, authors highlight the ethical boundaries and rules within which an advocate must work. Advocacy covers both criminal and civil court proceedings, and includes a number of how-to-do-it guides illustrating how particular applications should be made when in practice.


Part I: Introduction
1 Introduction
2 The qualities of the advocate
3 Ethics, etiquette, and cross-cultural communication in the courtroom
Part II: The Basic Components for Application and Submissions
4 Recognising competence - advocacy skills criteria
5 Preparing for court
6 The content of your application
7 Structuring your application
8 Delivering your application
9 Persuasion
Part III: Preparing for Advocacy
10 Your voice and speech
11 Memory and recall
12 Note-taking
13 Modes of address
14 The advocate as storyteller
15 The course of a trial
Part IV: Opening and Closing a Case
16 Opening speeches
17 Closing speeches
Part V: Witnesses
18 The task ahead
19 Basic components for witness handling
20 Basic questioning skills
21 Examination-in-chief
22 Cross-examination
23 Re-examination
Part VI: How-to-do-it Guides
24 Using this Part of the manual
25 Skeleton arguments
26 Default judgments
27 Summary judgments
28 Interim payments
29 Applying for an injunction
30 Applications in the Chancery Division
31 The Companies Court
32 Possession cases
33 Application for a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union
34 Applying for costs in a civil case
35 Employment Tribunals
36 Remands/adjournments
37 Bail application
38 Conducting a voir dire or 'trial within a trial'
39 Making a submission of no case to answer
40 Prosecuting a plea of guilty in the Crown Court
41 The plea in mitigation
Appendix: A criminal case: R v Heath

About the author: 

This manual is edited by Robert McPeake, Barrister, Principal Lecturer, The City Law School

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