This two-day seminar is designed for judges who try very serious cases including murder, manslaughter and terrorism.
The aim of this seminar is to ensure that those attending will be fully conversant with all aspects of substantive law, evidence, procedure and sentencing relating to homicide and terrorism cases; and to provide a forum for the discussion of practical problems that can arise in the pre-trial management and during the trials of serious, difficult, high-profile and sensitive cases of this kind.
The seminar will be delivered by a combination of lectures from distinguished academics and members of the senior judiciary; small discussion groups led by experienced tutor judges; and plenary sessions to allow for the wider discussion of issues that arise.
Among the subjects covered will be:
• Pre-trial problems such as anonymity, media reporting, jury protection and disclosure
• Trial problems such as partial defences to murder, summing up, dealing with experts, joint enterprise and bad character
• Sentencing problems such as dealing with young offenders and dangerous offenders, whole life tariffs and sentencing guidelines