Advocacy & The Vulnerable (Family)

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Following on from the success of the Criminal Advocacy and the Vulnerable Course, the ICCA and the FLBA have collaborated on a bespoke course for the Family Bar. The course centres around a similar case study, which has been adjusted to represent proceedings in the family court. The 20 Principles of Questioning underpin the FLBA course and the same learning objective is expected from delegates – to understand the key principles behind the approach to, and questioning of, vulnerable people in the justice system, irrespective of the nature of the allegation, or the jurisdiction in which the advocate appears. The FLBA course will be delivered by the Inns and Circuits.

This first course is purely for FLBA Facilitators who will be trained in November 2019. Delegates will be then be trained at the Inns and on Circuit starting in earnest in 2020.

Family Court Training

It is now widely recognised as essential that those giving evidence in cases before the Family Court should be protected and enabled to participate in proceedings with due regard being had to their individual vulnerabilities.

The need for reform of the way in which vulnerable people participate and give evidence in family proceedings was pressed forcefully by Sir James Munby during his tenure as the President of the Family Division. As a result of his tireless work and that of others, important progress has been made, in particular, the introduction in November 2017 of Family Procedure Rules 3A and the accompanying Practice Direction 3AA.

The introduction of FPR 3A and the availability of the ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ training course for the Criminal Bar has led to increasing demand from members of the Family Bar for specialist advocacy training for those working with vulnerable adults and children.

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