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Cross-Examination Masterclass

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Cross-Examination Masterclass

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Format Workshop





CPD Units 3
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Brush up on your cross-examination skills in this interactive workshop and receive practical advice on cross-examination strategy and performance skills. This advanced learning environment is a great opportunity to receive personalised feedback on your own practice and collaborate with others to improve your technique. Prior to the masterclass, you will receive a reading pack, including a brief and other materials, which you will have the opportunity to work through during the session. As part of the workshop, you will receive a task of cross-examining a witness to hone your technique and apply your new skills.

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  • Learning Outcomes

    At the Cross-Examination Masterclass, you will be able to:

    • apply the skills you have been taught during the workshop and cross-examine a witness based on a hypothetical scenario
    • acquire experience in collaborative learning and demonstrate personal and communication skills to function effectively in small groups
    • be empowered with actionable takeaways that you can immediately implement in your daily practice
    • benefit from a blend of expert instructions and practical learning activities, as well as opportunities to learn from your peers.
  • Presenters

    Josh Taaffe, LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, In-House Counsel, Doogue O'Brien George Defence Lawyers

    Josh is an experienced trial lawyer and the in-house counsel for the firm. He has more than 10 years’ experience as a criminal lawyer, and has been appearing in trials before judge and jury since 2009. Josh is a partner of the firm and is an LIV accredited specialist in criminal law. He is the deputy chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. Josh is based in our Melbourne office and appears in all Victorian Courts, at every level. Josh provides advice and representation for all criminal cases.

    Richard Edney, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Richard worked as a criminal lawyer for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service from 1998–2002 before becoming a senior lecturer in law at Deakin University, where taught evidence and criminal law. During this time he was also a consultant solicitor advocate for the law firm Doogue & O'Brien and appeared in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts in criminal matters. Richard is the co-author of Australian Sentencing: Principles and practice and has published widely in the areas of sentencing, evidence and criminal procedure. He is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred barrister.

    Daniel Sala, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Prior to joining the Victorian Bar, Daniel was employed as a solicitor-advocate for Galbally & O’Bryan Lawyers in the criminal law department. As a solicitor-advocate, Daniel appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal; the County Court in pleas of mitigation and appeals; and the Magistrates’ Court in committals, contested hearings, bail applications, intervention order matters and pleas. Daniel also has a particular interest in the connection between criminal law and business, including white collar crime, occupational health & safety, civil penalty proceedings, and other government regulation.

  • Venue

    LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne