Beyond preparation — advice on courtroom advocacy

We asked the coaches of our Advocacy Weekend what steps in preparation are overlooked. Here’s what they said.

The Hon Justice Katrina Banks-Smith — Federal Court of Australia

So much energy is invested in compiling the factual evidence and compiling authorities — but often the Court receives little assistance as to what orders are actually sought.

Her Honour Judge Mara Barone SC — District Court of Western Australia

Too often people get caught up in considering the evidence and/or the materials without first identifying what actually needs to be proved.

His Honour Judge John Prior — District Court of Western Australia

Advocates who become welded onto their preparation done before a trial or hearing commences often undervalue the importance of listening to the evidence and listening to the submissions of opposing counsel as the trial or hearing proceeds.

Her Honour Judge Karen Shepherd — District Court of Western Australia

If you start well you will relax, regulate your breathing and the distracting voice inside your head ‘I look like an idiot’ will go away.

Practice performing it. Practice in front of the mirror, practice in the car on the way home, practice to your partner, practice on the dog.

Her Honour Magistrate Genevieve Cleary — Magistrates Court of Western Australia

It seems obvious, but the pressure of time sometimes hijacks our good intentions.

Laura Christian SC — Consultant State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Henry Jackson SC — Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Paul Yovich SC — Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Darren Renton — Barrister, John Toohey Chambers

Lawyers promoting collegiality, seeking access to justice.