Fighting your case.

Once a client has determined to fight their case at trial, we will identify the issue, the law to apply, decide what disclosure and questions to ask of the Prosecution and their witnesses, discuss what work to do to test the Prosecution case and to establish our client’s defence. That might include obtaining witness statements or arranging our own expert assessments or testing.  It will mean spending time with the client to be clear about the detail of their defence

Trinity Advocates has many contacts amongst the expert community in the area and nationally that we can call upon to help our clients.

We assess with our clients if they are best represented by one of our in-house advocates or if a particular barrister would be preferred.  In almost all our Crown Court trials we make sure that the client has access to a case progression officer who will be a lawyer and will be separate from the advocate. So that client has two lawyers working together on their case.

The client will be helped to prepare their defence statement which is a document always required in Crown court trials and is an option in Magistrates trials. This document is key because it’s content can be used against the Defendant if their account at trial is not consistent with it. That document also can be used as a tool to secure material the police and prosecution have exclusive access to and might be helpful to the Defence. In addition to the defence statement we will help prepare a “proof”, which is our client’s statement kept for only theirs and their lawyers’ use, but is important to being consistent in the presentation of the defence case at trial.

There are various applications the Defence can make that might assist the defence case and it is all part of our skill and expertise to prepare and manage any such applications. This might include applying to have the bad character of a witness or co-defendant to be considered by the jury or it might include resisting a Prosecution application to refer to any bad character of the client at trial.  In sex cases, the Defence have to have very specific, legal grounds for justifying any reference to a complainant or anyone having a particular sexual history and any such application has to be carefully prepared in good time before the trial.

The above are just examples of defence trial preparation, which is something we consider an important part of our expertise and experience.  Good, rigorous preparation improves the chances of Defence success.

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Trinity Advocates,
Ground Floor, Bathurst House, Smythen Street, Exeter. EX1 1BN

01392 927111

Trinity Advocates is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 509976.  Contracted with the Legal Aid Agency.

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