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Prosecutorial Reasoning

Course Information:

Online 12 hours Flexi-date£1,750.00
In-House Agreed with client FlexiblePOA
London 5 days 21-Mar£3,500.00
London 5 days 21-Nov£3,500.00


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    Who should attend?

    • Members of the judiciary of all grades
    • Prosecutors
    • Trainee judges and prosecutors
    • Court clerks
    • Legal and administrative personnel of tribunals
    • Counsels of States
    • Legislative drafters
    • Members of Parliament participating in legislative drafting committees
    • Lawyers
    • Legal professionals, clerks ofchambers, and paralegals
    • Law graduates wishing to take either the judicial or prosecutorial route



    • Enhance the ability to engage ‘critically’ and logically in judicial reasoning
    • Develop the skills to articulate sound legal arguments
    • Strengthen the understanding of the moral, social and political aspects of legal reasoning
    • Understand the relationship between statutes and cases
    • Appreciate the role of Judges and Human Rights
    • In-depth understanding of the role of rights in administrative, civil and criminal justice processes
    • Understand the substantive role and constitutional position of judges
    • Master judicial approaches to statutory interpretation and the influence of international instruments on those approaches
    • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the fundamental elements of the rule of law, and the significance of fairness and justice in social and legal systems
    • Identify rapidly key issues in cases and be able to summarise key points succinctly, accurately and with high impact
    • Strengthen legal research skills using primary and secondary sources
    • Kolb’s Adult Learning Styles Model
    • Respond coherently to challenging questions about the law by the use of legal referencing


    Week 2: Prosecutorial reasoning

    • Why become a ‘Prosecutor’
    • What Prosecutors Do and Do Not Do
    • Interests, skills and characteristics of a Prosecutor
    • The structure of the Interview Process that Interviewers Look For
    • Common hypothetical questions
    • The character of a ‘Prosecutor’ – how to develop one
    • Statutory background and normative forces
    • Powers and limitations
    • Discretion and its maximum limits
    • Legality v. illegality
    • Ideology
    • Criminological skills
    • Accountability
    • Transparency
    • Inertia
    • Role ambiguity
    • Systemic oversight and confidential investigations management skills
    • Internal checks
    • Prosecutions in rem and in personam
    • Adaptive management
    • Disempowerment
    • Role specification
    • Court prosecutorial skills

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