THE DUTY SOLICITOR AT THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT IN 2023 – AUTUMN UPDATE FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2023 – 16:00 – 17.00: - COST - £75 + VAT
This live and interactive course has been written and will be presented by Colin Beaumont, an experienced former Court Duty Solicitor and it will concentrate on those issues likely to cross your path when acting as the Court Duty Solicitor.
Have a look at the 20 issues below and see whether or not you would benefit from viewing this 1-hour ZOOM presentation recording even if you cannot make the presentation date itself.
This 1-hour ZOOM presentation will be accompanied by a full set of notes.
DON’T WORRY IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION (OR NEVER INTENDED TO ATTEND) –YOU WILL STILL GET THE FULL SET OF NOTES AND THE RECORDING WHICH YOU CAN SAVE TO A DEVICE OR WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE ON OUR YouTube CHANNEL
Anyone wishing to attend the session (or wishing to have the full sets of notes and the recordings afterwards without ever attending) should simply click here: mailto: email@example.com or ring me (or send me a text) – (07887) 842985 and book a place.
The following 20 issues will be considered:
1 – The recently published guidance concerning how courts are to deal with those people appearing for allegedly being in breach of their bail conditions under Section 7 of the Bail Act 1976 – as you know, there have always been conflicting authorities on the point
2 – The 12 Guidelines published by The Sentencing Council with effect from July 2023 concerning Road Traffic Offences
3 – Driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with drugs in your system above the specified limits – Guidelines now from The sentencing Council as opposed to the mere guidance that was published in November 2016
4 – In charge of a motor vehicle with drugs in your system above the specified limits – Guidelines now from The Sentencing Council as opposed to the mere guidance that was published in November 2016
5 – Those people who fall within the Duty Solicitor Scheme when they appear in the Magistrates’ Court and those people who do not fall within the Duty Solicitor scheme – see the relevant Section of your recently published latest version of the 2022 Standard Crime Contract Specification document
6 – Rates of payment – an examination of Statutory Instrument 2022 No. 848
7 – The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 – an examination of those issues likely to cross your path when acting as the Magistrates’ Court Duty Solicitor
8 – Re-openings and Statutory Declarations – 2 very different legal concepts with which you should be familiar in your role as Court Duty Solicitor
9 – Your position when advising as the Court Duty Solicitor when the client has informed you that he already intends to instruct solicitors in the matter but that they cannot attend the first hearing today
10 – Acting as the Court Duty Solicitor in circumstances where it is highly likely that a custodial sentence will be imposed by the Court today
11 – Don’t confuse your ‘Special Reasons’ with your ‘Exceptional Hardship’ arguments
12 – The case has been put back in order that you can give some assistance to a defendant whose matter is listed for trial today – what does your Crime Contract say about this?
13 – The chairman of the bench is asking whether or not you will accept a Court Appointment today albeit you are the Court Duty Solicitor – what does your Crime Contract say about this?
14 – Important amendments to Guidelines from The Sentencing Council as a result of the publication of the ‘Miscellaneous Amendments to Guidelines’ document – April 2023
15 – Things to watch out for when you are acting as the Court Duty Solicitor and the client pleads ‘not guilty’ today
16 – The circumstances under the Sentencing Act 2020 in which the client may well be committed to the Crown Court for sentence following pleas today – Sections 14 – 24 of the Sentencing Act 2020
17 – Being called upon as the Court Duty Solicitor to represent a youth who is appearing, somewhat surprisingly, in the Adult Magistrates’ Court today
18 – Do you have any continuing duties as the Court Duty Solicitor to a client whose case has concluded at the hearing?
19 – In your address, by way of mitigation, what you going to say to the court in circumstances where the client had made full admissions in the interview, shown remorse and been co-operative with the police?
20 – Are you permitted to step into the breach today and see someone in the cells and make a bail application for them even though they have their own solicitors in the case?
It will be a 1- hour live and interactive session conducted via ZOOM. There is absolutely no requirement for any attendee to have purchased ZOOM. We just send you an email with a link the day before the actual presentation and you click on the link. It could not be simpler.
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Invoices will be sent after the presentation and our normal terms of business apply i.e. PAYMENT WITHIN 14 DAYS – the cost for each person attending or purchasing the recordings is £75 + VAT – if you have attended the presentation there will be no additional charge for a copy of the recording