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09 September 2019

Advanced Advocacy Course marks 20th Anniversary

Over 30 solicitors participated in the annual Advanced Advocacy course which this year marked its 20th Year anniversary.

Organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Advocacy Working Party and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), solicitors are trained to improve and develop their advocacy skills to assist in making them a more competent advocate.

The intensive course combining training in advocacy and evidence culminated in a mock trial in the High Court presided over by members of the Judiciary from Northern Ireland including Mr Justice Horner, His Honour Judge Kinney, District Judge Keown and Master Hardstaff

The course also involves some of Northern Ireland's most senior A&E doctors taking on the role of key witnesses.

The President of the Law Society, Suzanne Rice said:

“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate those who have successfully completed the Advanced Advocacy Course 2019.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland recognises the importance of this course, not least in the advocacy skills and techniques which it teaches, but also in the sense of empowerment that it provides to the solicitors who undertake it.

The value of the Advanced Advocacy Course goes from strength to strength with over 550 solicitors have undertaken this course since it started.

Its popularity and its success is explainable – it is well organised, well delivered and well worth it".

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have unrestricted rights of audience to represent clients in the Magistrates Court, County Court and Crown Court by virtue of legislation.

They also have limited rights in the High Court by virtue of the Judicature (NI) Act 1978.

The Advanced Advocacy Course delivers additional professional training which enhances solicitors’ advocacy skills and techniques.


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