This full day course aims to help you successfully prepare for, conduct and report on proofs 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', and is regarded as a companion course to ‘Debates in the Sheriff Court (Civil)’.
This course will:
provide a refresher on Sheriff Court ordinary/summary cause/simple procedure
look at the procedural steps before proof
discuss pre-proof hearings and how to prepare for evidential hearings
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
explore the relevant rules re expenses, taxation etc
consider changes in civil practice and 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.