Regular advocacy training is very important for lawyers who practise in the courts, but it is important for others too. It ensures better representation for their clients. And, from my point of view, well trained advocates are of great assistance to the courts. The first Tasmanian advocacy convention took place in 2012. It was very well received, and is therefore being repeated. The training concentrates on getting advocates to use simple and clear language, on effective techniques for examination-in-chief and cross-examination, and on the making of persuasive submissions. This convention will provide excellent training for young advocates, as well as an opportunity for more senior practitioners to use critiques from experienced coaches to improve their skills. The Tasmanian legal profession is fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake training of such high quality.
The Hon Alan Blow OAM
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania