ADVOCACY IN THE LOCAL AND DISTRICT COURTS OF NSW – WORKSHOP
What we believe
It is sometimes said that great advocates are born not made……we agree with this to a point.
More accurately, we believe that everyone is born equipped with the inherent skills of an advocate.
Consider how often you advocate for a certain outcome in your everyday life; “I think we should go to dinner here…”, or perhaps advocate for your interpretation of a particular current event “I think everyone has the right to be married ”.
These conversations between friends, work colleagues or even people at a bus stop are the most natural thing in the world – each of us has our own unique way of making a point. Most of us do not give theses everyday pieces of advocacy which are such a part of our lives, a second thought.
Our philosophy, and our project, is anchored by the principle that we should never feel that when we step into a court room we must assume some personality other than our own, simply to advocate a legal proposition.
The Advocacy Project aims to harness participants innate advocacy skills and focus them in a legal, courtroom framework.
We believe that everyone has the potential to be a great advocate.
The Advocacy Project
The Advocacy Project is a leading provider of legal education workshops and courses – offering unique opportunities for legal practitioners to grow their advocacy skills and knowledge in a dynamic courtroom environment.
Participant attending an Advocacy Project workshop are given an individual piece of advocacy to complete in both a local court and district court setting. The settings are as realistic as possible and utilise actual courthouses. Presiding judicial members are either sitting or retired members of the NSW judiciary/magistracy or senior members of the bar.
Experience has shown us that the criminal jurisdiction provides the clearest framework within which to develop participant’s inherent advocacy skills. Each participant is given a particular scenario which will be finalised at sentence in the summary jurisdiction. Unfortunately the finalisation of the matter will be delayed by appeal to the district court. This provides participants with an introduction to appellate advocacy.
Participants are provided with all necessary factual and background scenario material and although not mandatory participants are encouraged to film their advocacy for review.
At first instance feedback and review is unashamedly interactive with all participants. However, it is a point of difference between our project and other advocacy courses that the availability of presenters, including presiding judicial members, does not cease at the conclusion of the formal course. Our experience has been that much can be gained by the exchange of ideas and information in a relaxed setting, and to this end all workshops include dinner at a local venue after the conclusion of the formal coursework.
The practical advocacy component of each workshop will take place all day Saturday. Sunday half days will comprise a relaxed round table dealing with courtroom etiquette, ethics and practical tactics.
There are, and will be, no stupid questions.