Courtroom Skills for Social Workers by Clare Seymour

By Clare Seymour

This new textual content will construct on court docket talents for Social employees, through updating the felony and learn content material and strengthening the fabric on recording. there'll even be extra contributions from carrier clients and extra perform examples, to be able to make the publication attention-grabbing and appropriate for certified social employees. it's going to help social employees in assembly their CPD necessities for carrying on with registration and in addition provide a framework for brief in-service education classes on courtroom talents and recording, either components within which social employees' functionality comes lower than the scrutiny of alternative execs.

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You should not be criticised, unless it is relevant to the case and you have been given an opportunity to answer any criticism. There are other aspects of fairness which are important in the context of understanding what happens in court. Barristers are not allowed to put forward an argument in court unless they consider that it is properly arguable. They cannot, therefore, just put forward any argument suggested by their client. Barristers and solicitor advocates must bring the court’s attention to all relevant decisions, including those which do not support their client’s case, and if something goes wrong or there is an irregularity, they cannot keep it quiet in the hope of an appeal but must bring it to the court’s attention.

In addition to pre-trial discussions between the respective lawyers, courts therefore encourage the involvement of another party to help reach a settlement, which has led to the development of the role of professional mediator. As they expect to be paid, mediators tend to be engaged when quite a lot of money is at stake and the potential costs of a full hearing are high, but some courts operate voluntary, free mediation schemes, and mediation is widely used in family cases, such as disputes over contact, or financial arrangements after a divorce.

Crown Prosecution Service The CPS, headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions and staffed by lawyers, decides whether a person should be prosecuted in court, based on the evidence gathered during a police investigation and whether the prosecution is in the public interest. The police can make prosecution decisions in relation to most road traffic offences and some public order offences. Legal Services Commission This agency, which incorporates the Criminal Defence Service and Community Legal Service, manages requests for legal representation at public expense.

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