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How to Instruct a Barrister for a Criminal Trial

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Tips on how to instruct counsel.

Prepare the brief.

It’s very important that you create an index, tab, and flag any important statements and evidence that the brief contains.

Read and summarise the brief.

You must have an in-depth knowledge of the brief and summarise the main statements and evidence for the barrister.

Copies of exhibits.

You must make numerous copies of potential exhibits, these include reports, photographs, especially colour photographs, and anything that you think could be a potential exhibit.

Case specific research.

You must undertake all relevant legal research that pertains to the case, especially precedent encase.

Observations to counsel.

It’s very important that you create a detailed observations to counsel.

Now this means anything that you think is important in the brief you write down and you give to counsel.

Exhibit list.

You must create an exhibit list.

This is very important so when the trial starts the barrister has this list to refer to.

Client management.

This is probably one of the most important things.

You act as an intermediary between the barrister and the client.

You must keep the client fully informed on all matters in there case.

Detailed notes.

You must have a detailed notes of all evidence in the trial.

Assists the barrister in everything.

This is very important.

You must assist the barrister in everything that they ask you to do.

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