This course aims to help you successfully prepare for, conduct and report on Proofs and Debates in the Sheriff Court. Though not a prerequisite, it is designed to explore themes introduced in 'The Sheriff Court (Civil) - everything you need to know'. This course will:
provide a refresher on Sheriff Court ordinary/summary cause/simple procedure
look at pre-proof hearings and how to prepare for Proof
explain the format of a Proof diet and the role of written pleadings
provide practical guidance on how to conduct a Proof - questioning witnesses, dealing with productions and framing submissions
help you to prepare for and appear at Debates - pleas-in-law, Rule 22 Notes and legal argument
consider changes in civil practice & procedure in the Sheriff Court in response to Covid 19.
This course is designed to satisfy a number of PEAT2 outcomes (professional communication: advocacy and professional ethics and standards: duties to the court) as well as build confidence in potential civil litigators.