The Duty Solicitor in the Magistrates' Court [2020]

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Colin Beaumont, legal trainer

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This webinar is presented by Colin Beaumont. It is not easy being a Duty Solicitor in the Magistrates’ Court. It can be very stressful and very demanding. The expectations upon you are very high from everyone and there is an awful lot to know. Whether you have been a Duty Solicitor for some time or are just starting out you will benefit from this very practical 1-hour webinar which concentrates on real issues that you will come across on a daily basis.

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The following 10 important points will be covered during the presentation:

  1. The advice to give to the client who wants to plead not guilty today but has their own lawyer for the trial itself
  2. The completion of the PET Form were you have just met the client as Duty Solicitor and a ‘not guilty’ plea is being entered today
  3. Drugs and driving or attempting to drive or being in charge – guidance issued by the Sentencing Council in November 2016
  4. Not every failing to provide a specimen at the police station (alcohol or drugs) results in a mandatory disqualification from driving
  5. The circumstances in which you may be advising a client today to make a statutory declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1835
  6. The circumstances in which you might be considering asking the Magistrates’ to re-open the matter under Section 142 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980
  7. Have a working knowledge of those clients who are covered by the Court Duty Solicitor scheme and those clients who are not covered – Part 10 of the 2017 Standard Crime Contract – Specification
  8. Advising on the very important area of credit
  9. The circumstances in which you may assist a client as the Court Duty solicitor even though they have their own lawyer
  10. Some things to look out for when you are the Court Duty Solicitor on a non-business day