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Rape and Sexual Offences:       Appendix A - Advocacy Skills Assessment - Rape

ADVOCACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT - RAPE

When filling out this form, please indicate if counsel's performance was satisfactory in each area. If it was unsatisfactory, then please explain why.

Counsel will be provided with a copy of the completed form.


DATE:
AREA:
COURT LOCATION:

CASE NAME:

CHARGE(S):


BRIEF FACTS:

 


NAME
CHAMBERS

YEAR OF CALL:


PRE-TRIAL

Was the delivery of the brief acknowledged? Y/N

Was an advice/note received? Y/N

If yes, comment on the quality

 

Was there a conference? Y/N

If not, why?

 

Describe counsel's conduct of the conference?

Did counsel request to meet the victim prior to trial? Y/N

Did a meeting occur? Y/N

Describe how counsel dealt with the victim?

 

Was there an early special measures meeting? Y/N

How did counsel deal with the victim and
address the issues surrounding special measures?


Please rate:

NB: 1 = outstanding, 2= very good, above average in many respects, 3+ = above average in some respects, 3= competent in all respects, 3-= less competent in some respects, 4= less than competent in many respects, 5= very poor, unacceptable

Counsel's knowledge of the law 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5
Further Comments:
Counsel's knowledge of procedure 1  2  3+ 3  3-  4  5
Further comments:

Counsel's knowledge and application of CPS policies and obligations 1  2  3+ 3  3-  4  5
Further comments:

Counsel's engagement with the officers, prosecutors and caseworkers: 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5
Further comments:

 


PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS:

How many pre-trial hearings occurred?


Did counsel appear in every one? Y/N

Did counsel have a thorough knowledge of
the papers and any further instructions? Y/N

Did counsel deal satisfactorily with the issues? Y/N

Was counsel well prepared in respect of each argument? Y/N

Did counsel demonstrate knowledge of the CPR? Y/N

How did counsel deal with the victim (if attended)? Y/N

TRIAL

Did the prosecutor speak to the victim prior to the trial?

 

Did the prosecutor speak to the victim during the trial?

 

Did the prosecutor speak to the officers?

 
Were conferences held throughout the trial in order to discuss the progression of the case?


ADVOCACY STYLE:

Was the prosecutor's style

Quiet Y/N/NK/NA

Assertive Y/N/NK/NA

Weak Y/N/NK/NA

Nervous Y/N/NK/NA

Confident Y/N/NK/NA

Helpful Y/N/NK/NA

Good eye contact Y/N/NK/NA

Undue reliance on file Y/N/NK/NA

Aggressive Y/N/NK/NA

Discourteous Y/N/NK/NA

Courteous Y/N/NK/NA

Fair Y/N/NK/NA

Professional Y/N/NK/NA

Air of authority Y/N/NK/NA

Secures respect Y/N/NK/NA

Ineffective Y/N/NK/NA

Effective Y/N/NK/NA

Overall marking: 1  2  3+  3  3-  4   5

DELIVERY:

Was the prosecutor's delivery

Articulate Y/N/NK/NA

Fluent Y/N/NK/NA

Hesitant Y/N/NK/NA

Concise Y/N/NK/NA

Laboured Y/N/NK/NA

Speed-fast Y/N/NK/NA

Speed-correct Y/N/NK/NA

Speed-slow Y/N/NK/NA

Sufficiently loud Y/N/NK/NA

Sufficiently clear Y/N/NK/NA

Overall marking: 1  2  3+  3  3-   4   5

SECTION 41

Was a late s. 41 application made? Y/N 

How was it dealt with by the prosecutor?

 

Did he/she object and draw out the relevant issues?

 

Were any concessions made and on what basis? 

 

COURT PROCEDURE

Did the Prosecutor

Open and close the case sufficiently and on the correct basis?

 

Answer submission of no case effectively? Y/N/NK/NA

Deal with ancillary applications? Y/N/NK/NA

Deal with the victim during examination in chief and cross-examination?

 

Deal with re-examination?


Overall marking 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

FILE MANAGEMENT

Did the Prosecutor

Effectively organise and file exhibits? Y/N/NK/NA

Have sufficient copies? Y/N/NK/NA

Satisfactorily endorse file/brief? Y/N/NK/NA

Adequately endorse file/brief with judicial comment? Y/N/NK/NA

Return file/brief in good order? Y/N/NK/NA

Give a written a case report?

Overall marking 1  2  3+  3  3-  4    5

OTHER ASPECTS

Did the prosecutor display

Ability to find information to answer queries? Y/N/NK/NA

Familiarity with facts and content of file? Y/N/NK/NA

The ability to explain everything that was required? Y/N/NK/NA

The ability to take appropriate decisions? Y/N/NK/NA

The ability to remain calm under pressure? Y/N/NK/NA

Flexibility to handle all court users sensitively? Y/N/NK/NA

Sensitivity to any person from ethnic minority? Y/N/NK/NA

Familiarity with professional ethics? Y/N/NK/NA

Familiarity with rules of evidence? Y/N/NK/NA

Proper use of questioning? Y/N/NK/NA

Overall marking 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE AGAINST NATIONAL STANDARD

Professional Ethics 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Planning and preparation 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Courtroom Etiquette 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Rules of Evidence 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Rules of Court Procedure 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Presentation Skills 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Case Presentation 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Overall marking 1  2  3+  3  3-  4  5

Comments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSPECTOR: DATE:

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