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12 September 2018

Advocacy Course For Solicitors Goes From Strength To Strength

Over 31 solicitors participated in the annual Advanced Advocacy course which is now in its 19th Year and continues to grow in popularity and attendance.

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 McCloskey, His Honour Judge Kinney, The Right Honourable Sir Paul Girvan (Retired) and Her Honour Judge Gemma Loughran (Retired).

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, Eileen Ewing said:

“I congratulate those who have successfully completed the Advanced Advocacy Course 2018. 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.

As a former graduate and an advocate I know only too well how completing this course has benefited my career and most importantly has assisted me in helping my clients.

Its value resonates with you throughout your career and that perhaps explains why after 19 years the course continues to grow from strength to strength and why there remains a demand amongst solicitors to undertake the course. Over 500 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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