No. of Public CPD Points: 1.5
About the Programme
The COVID-19 pandemic caused upheavals not only to personal lives, it also redefined our working lives. Overnight, droves of people were forced to work from home (‘WFH’) and set up virtual home-offices. Some did better than others, with glamorous virtual home-offices, replete with the latest tech gadgets that made the transition seamless. Still many others have struggled, with some working at their dining tables, or holding Zoom meetings with laptops propped on laps, trying to maintain professional decorum in the midst of the chaos that was surrounding us.
For lawyers, the transition to WFH was made even more challenging when trials and hearings were conducted virtually. Without the austere setting of the courtroom, litigators were faced with a battle of a different kind. How do you present a forceful point or project a confident tone through a computer screen or when eye contact is quite impossible? When your physical presence in the courtroom is not possible, what other new or novel tools can a litigator deploy in a virtual courtroom that will still make him an effective advocate?
At this webinar organised by the Publications Committee of the Law Society, we give you the perspective of what is effective and what should be avoided in virtual hearings and trials, from the perspective of both a practitioner and a judge, in the area of oral and written submissions. We predict that virtual hearings and trials will be here to stay in long run, even post-pandemic, hence we should equip ourselves with the requisite skills.
The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah of the Supreme Court will present the judge’s perspective as he discusses what judges expect from counsel in remote advocacy, particularly what to refrain from and how best to assist the Court.
Senior Counsel Francis Xavier will discuss from the perspective of a practitioner, the different considerations that affect effective advocacy in a virtual setting and the tools that can be utilised in presenting your case persuasively.
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