Dealing With Domestic Abuse Cases 
Expires after 90 days
Clive Smith, Barrister & Legal Trainer
CPD Hours: 1
This course is aimed at prosecuting and defence advocates, regularly appearing in domestic abuse cases in the criminal courts. This course will look at:
- The law on hearsay under the Criminal Justice Act 2003
- Previous inconsistent statements and how to refresh a witness’s memory – do I really need to treat them as hostile?
- The admissibility of previous unproven allegations
- Case law on res gestae – what’s the latest from the Divisional Court?
- Restraining orders on conviction and acquittal – some really useful case-law
Learning aims and objectives:
- How to deal with cases where hearsay is the sole and decisive evidence
- How to deal with reluctant witnesses
- How to adduce evidence of bad character where there hasn’t been a conviction
- Dealing with ancillary orders
- Sentencing in domestic abuse cases.