Essential Trial Advocacy

Perth, Western Australia, 18 - 22 January 2021


Essential Trial Advocacy

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Dates: 18 - 22 January 2021

The ABA Essential Trial Advocacy course provides barristers with an opportunity to receive training in the essential skills of presenting an application, opening a case, examining in chief, cross examining and making a closing address. The course is conducted over five days. The coaches are Australian judges and senior and junior counsel accredited by the ABA ATC.

The underlying philosophy of all ATC courses is that the skills of a barrister are best learned in an environment that is as close to the real experience as possible. This involves creating a realistic brief, asking the barrister to properly prepare as they would for a real hearing and then giving them the opportunity to perform in an environment of challenge and respect.

The aim is to engage the barrister to develop a deeper understanding of the relevant objectives for each performance task, promote thoughtful preparation and reinforce best practice by an ongoing process of practice and review.

The focus is on each barrister and exploring ways of improving their performances. The course involves a combination of lectures, demonstrations, performances by participants, group reviews and individual coaching sessions.

Advocates prepare a Federal Court brief and perform opening addresses, examination and cross-examination of witnesses and give a closing address. Considerable emphasis is placed upon case analysis and thoughtful preparation.

Each barrister is briefed for the Applicant or Respondent to appear in the Federal Court. The case is detailed and requires a good deal of close examination and thought. Barristers are expected to be ready to perform on the first full day of the course, it is essential that extensive preparation is undertaken before the course commences. Past experience suggests that at least three full days preperation is required.

As part of that preparation, each barrister prepares and submits prescribed written work before the course commences. This may include a chronology, an outline of opening address, an outline of the examination-in-chief for each witness, cross-examination points and an outline for the closing address. These documents are submitted before the course and refined as the course proceeds.


Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Cost: $2,200.00

Registration includes:

  • All course materials (Brief, Instructions)
  • Venue and equipment (a tablet is to be provided by the participant to record their performances)
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day, pre-dinner drinks on Monday, and dinner on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings

 Places are limited. 

Personal working materials (stationery, texts, legislation) are additional and must be organised by barristers individually.

Contact name: Legal Education Team, Bar Association of Queensland

Contact email:

Contact telephone: +61 7 3238 5100

Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy

No withdrawals or transfers in registration will be accepted within 6 weeks of the course start date. All withdrawals before this date will incur a $150 administration fee and all transfers are to be notified in writing and are the responsibility of the registered barrister.

In the event that the course is not fully subscribed, the ABA reserves the right to cancel the course. In this event, all registration fees will be refunded.