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Advocacy and the Vulnerable

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable training programme has been developed to equip all advocates who deal with vulnerable witnesses with the skills to question those witnesses in an appropriate fashion, based on an understanding of the key principles behind it. Training is delivered by the Inns and Circuits, based on materials which have been prepared by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. It is anticipated that Advocacy and the Vulnerable training will become mandatory for any advocate wishing to undertake publicly funded work in serious sexual offence cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

The dates for the next sessions are:​

  • Wednesday 16 October 2019: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Thursday 21 November 2019: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Monday 16 December 2019: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Tuesday 28 January 2020: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Thursday 20 February 2020: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Thursday 21 May 2020: 17:30 - 21:00

  • Thursday 15 October 2020: 17:30 - 21:00

Open to barristers of all Inns

Course fee: Free

CPD: course attendance equivalent to 3 CPD hours (pre-course preparation equivalent to 8 CPD hours)

The course will take place in the Rutledge Suite which is on the 3rd floor of the Ashley Building on Middle Temple Lane.

Please note that attendance on the course requires a minimum of 8 hours’ advance preparation (reading selected materials and viewing videos) including submission of cross-examination questions one week in advance of the course. Instructions and materials will be sent to you by email in due course after booking.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the May course is being done remotely.

Click here to book onto a Vulnerable Witness Course.

If you have any enquiries about this course, email with the name of the course as the subject.