Concerns have been expressed for some time about the way children and vulnerable witnesses are required to give evidence in trials. The Ministry of Justice is set to roll out a training course in 2017 designed to ensure acceptable methods of examination of such witnesses and answer criticism in parliament and generally of the adverse effects of inappropriate adversarial methods of questioning.
Alwyn Jones is Cartwright King’s most senior advocate and has been asked to be a lead trainer, training other facilitators as the programme rolls out across the country.
The training is very likely to become a compulsory requirement for any counsel or advocate to undertake before being eligible to conduct a trial involving the questioning of vulnerable witnesses.
Alwyn said “It is a great honour to be asked to lead trainer in this process which puts Cartwright King at the forefront of these important changes in advocacy training and the way trials are conducted”.