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Duty Solicitor at the Magistrates Course

Course will be presented by Colin Beaumont via Zoom


A Link to Colin Beaumonts webpage for more information on this and furthcoming virtual courses:

The Duty Solicitor at the Magistrates’ Court




Colin Beaumont ‘returns’ to Coventry on Thursday, 8th October 2020 in order to present this 3 hour ‘virtual’ course which will bring you right up to date with the things you need to know.

This will be a live presentation via Zoom between 2pm – 5pm. It could not be simpler. Once we know from Lesley at Warwickshire Law Society that you have booked onto the course (Lesley will let us know that by sending us your email) we will send you an email with a link to the presentation and you simply click on the link and join us.

Although the link will prompt you to download Zoom, there is absolutely no need to download Zoom as a pre-requisite for gaining access to the presentation (Zoom simply want you to download their program – which is quite understandable if you think about it from their perspective!)

Although the presentation starts at 2pm, we would appreciate it if you click on the link from 1:30pm onwards in order that we may assist in any way.

It will be FULLY INTERACTIVE and you can either un-mute your microphone and ask a question during the presentation or type your question into the chat box.

Colin has done lots of these and is pleased to say that they work.

A full set of notes have been written to accompany the presentation.

The course is extremely practical and will be of interest to anyone involved in the day-to-day practice of criminal law in England and Wales. It’s impossible to keep up-to-date with all that is happening but to evidence your ongoing commitment to your own professional development you really should complete some sort of annual update course. This course will update you on the things you need to know when acting as the Duty Solicitor in the Magistrates’ Court

Colin’s notes are always full and, in addition to the Duty Solicitor notes, will contain a separate document summarising important Case-law for Criminal Practitioners – 2020 – 2015 – more than 170+ cases – an excellent resource!!


This course will cover the following 20 points and many more:


1 – The bail position of anyone attending the Magistrates’ Court on a Requisition – the High Court decision (no name as the case may be ongoing) – [2020] EWHC 452 (Admin)

2 – The definitive definition of ‘dishonesty’ from the Court of Appeal – David Barton/Rosemary Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575

3 – Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 – including the Notification Requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 – the Sex Offender Register

4 – Stalking Protection Act 2019 and the Stalkers Register – brought into force in January 2020

5 – Offensive Weapons Act 2019 and ‘knife Crime Prevention Orders’ – currently being piloted in the London Courts

6 – An ‘insight’ into the new Sentencing Act which may receive Royal Assent on 1st October 2020 – an insight only because it has 420 Sections and 29 Schedules – have you read it yet??

7 – Theft by way of low-value shoplifting – R v Harvey [2020] EWCA Crim 354 and R v Burrows [2019] EWCA Crim 889

8 – A Legal Quiz – 25 Q’s covering your role as a Court Duty Solicitor in 2020 with 3 multiple-choice answers (or guesses, should you prefer)

9 – The effect of COVID – 19 – R v Manning [2020] EWCA Crim 592 – see also Chelsea football Club Limited and Gary Nicholls and AP [2020] EWHC 827 (QB)

10 – The Victim Surcharge – Amendments made on the 14th April 2020 – Statutory Instrument 2020 No.310

11 – Failing to disclose your PIN – R v Jeffrey Spencer [2019] EWCA Crim 2240

12 – Re-openings and Statutory Declarations

13 – The important points from your Contract concerning your role as Duty Solicitor e.g. the clients who are covered and the clients who are not covered – Sections 6 and 10 of the 2017 Standard Crime Contract Specification document

14 – The important difference between ‘advocacy assistance’ and ‘advice and assistance’

15 – Advising in the area of alcohol and drugs (driving)

16 – Dealing with clients ‘remotely’

17 – Being Court-Appointed during your period as the Court Duty Solicitor

18 – Dealing with clients who have informed you that they will have their own solicitor at trial – what you should and should not do regarding the PET form

19 – Dealing with children and young people in the Adult Court

20 – The things that ‘crop-up’ when you are the Duty Solicitor at Court on a non-business day e.g. Saturdays

We live in very strange times! Who knows whether face-to-face presentations will ever come back? As criminal practitioners we are adept at the art of ‘adapting to survive’ and this is just another manifestation.

Those of you who have been on Colin’s courses in the past will know that they are nothing if not interactive and his virtual courses are no different.

We know that we have to keep up-to-date as professionals and I can think of no better, or enjoyable, way of getting to grips with all the stuff that they throw at you than engaging in this 3-hour presentation from the comfort of your own home or the Office

Pyjamas are permissible but do remember not to turn on your WebCams!






08 Oct 2020


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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