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Basic Litigation Techniques for Candidate Attorneys

CPD Hours: 2

Price: R100.00

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Basic Litigation Techniques for Candidate Attorneys

Presenters : Lisa Thomas

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Running a trial is often glamorized on television and appears to be the epitome of lawyering. By the time candidate attorneys are ready to appear in court and represent clients, they do not know the basics about litigation. Although they will not be given the task of conducting a trial on their own, their exposure to trial proceedings is limited, if not lacking.

Their knowledge may be a combination of American legal dramas and some theory remembered from university.

Join Adv. Lisa Thomas  as she simplifies litigation techniques for candidate attorneys in a way that makes running a trial an approachable challenge.

Learning objectives

  • What is expected of a candidate attorney in terms of courtroom conduct
  • Will know the importance of addressing the court at the start and end of the trial
  • Understanding the value of evidence-in-chief and the style of questions permitted
  • UnderstandIing the value of cross-examination and the style of questions permitted
  • Understand the value of re-examination and the style of questions permitted


The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • What is litigation and when is it necessary?
  • The phases of a trial (civil and criminal)
  • Opening and closing your case (civil and criminal)
  • Types of questions (leading, inductive, deductive, and reparatory)
  • Examination-in-chief
  • Cross-examination
  • Re-examination

About the presenter:

Adv Lisa Thomas is a former criminal defence advocate and in-house counsel in Durban, Lisa has seen the law practice from both sides. She graduated with her LLB, completed her pupillage, and was admitted as an advocate in 2008. Her current area of interest is in alternative dispute resolution, specifically mediation. She is a maverick for humanity and ethics within the legal profession in South Africa with a focus on candidate attorneys

Who this is for?

  • Candidate attorneys (with rights of appearance in the Magistrates’ and/or Regional Magistrates’ Courts)
  • Law students
  • Pupil Advocates
  • Paralegals
  • Young/ Junior legal practitioners


  • R 100.00 per person

Additional material

By purchasing this webinar you will be provided with:

  • A summarised slide presentation.
  • Reference documents and/or course material where available.

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