Sexual Offences Cases - A Guide for Criminal Defence Practitioners in Scotland
In contrast to most other types of reported crimes in Scotland, sexual crimes recorded by the police have increased in recent years.
The operation of the specialist sexual crime teams and the National Sexual Crimes Unit (NSCU) within Crown Office is indicative of the volume of cases involving sexual offences and this new course will cover a number of key areas which are common to the effective preparation of cases involving sexual offences.
The introductory level course is aimed at junior practitioners and those moving into this area of law.
What You Will Learn
This course will cover the following:
- Police station representation in cases involving allegations of a sexual nature
- Direct and indirect sexual offending
- The special defence of consent
- Useful defence enquiries
- The application of sections 274 and 275 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995
- Expert evidence in cases involving sexual offences
- Corroboration of penetration
- Recent developments in vulnerable witness evidence
- Adapting to evidence which is taken by a commissioner
- The accused giving evidence
- Addressing the jury
- Relevant sentencing guidelines
10:00am - 4:30pm
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