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Crime news: CPD training events for providers

Spaces available in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.


Free training events for crime providers are being run by the Public Defender Service (PDS) Advocacy Unit in a number of cities during October 2014.

All of the events are being held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and are Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited.

There are 2 CPD points for each session. The aim is to build on the success of recent PDS events in London, Reading, Cardiff and Bristol.

Diary of training events

Topic Location(s) and date in 2014
Historic sex cases: sentencing and trial sentencing Birmingham 1 October and Manchester 7 October
Vulnerable defendants: the identification of vulnerabilities, intermediaries and the law Nottingham 1 October and Leeds 15 October
Joint enterprise: the liability of the parasitic accessory Liverpool 8 October
Police stations: updates on confessions, hearsay, privilege and identification for police station representatives Newcastle 14 October and Manchester 16 October
Section 28: pre-recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses-procedure and learning points arising from the pilots London 22 October

Owing to popular demand for events in London, the PDS will be holding more sessions in the capital. Details of these sessions will be available in the near future.

Booking your place

If you would like to attend one or more of these events, please click on the link below to book a place. You will then receive email confirmation which will include further details about the event.

If any events are oversubscribed, this will be confirmed to you at the earliest opportunity.

About us

The PDS was recently expanded to include the PDS Advocacy Unit. The Advocacy Unit specialises in serious and complex Crown Court cases and offers criminal advocacy services in a broad range of cases.

You can find out more on the PDS website – see below.

Further information

Book a place

Email: PDS

PDS website

Telephone: 0203 545 8924

Published 25 September 2014