How to master the initial interview with criminal law clients

Course ID CS200501_CRIM1

  • Face to Face
  • 3.5
  • Foundation

You only have one chance to undertake the initial interview with your criminal law clients. Mastering that first interview is an important tool in structuring how your client’s case can progress expeditiously. You need to gather the correct details and extract relevant information in a short time frame. Being proficient in that initial interview will assist you to assess your client’s case and their prospects.

This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools to:

  • prepare for the interview and file management
  • understand what information you need before the initial interview
  • ask the right questions
  • apply for legal aid
  • make a preliminary assessment of prosecution’s case and potential defences 

You will:

  • Get hands-on with practical exercises to experience the challenges of interviewing your client
  • Join practical group discussion to assess the prosecution’s case
  • Participate in mock interviews where you will deal with mental health clients, verbose clients and unresponsive clients
  • Undertake groups discussions about essential follow up after the interview
  • Have your questions answered in a Q&A with the facilitators

50% discount for New Lawyers

New Lawyers in their first five years of practice are eligible for a 50% discount off the full price of this program. This discount cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other discounts, including the alumni discount. Please quote NEWLAWYER at the checkout.

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Full Price $300.00

Alumni/Member Price $270.00


Start date:

29 May 2020

End date:

29 May 2020


1:00PM - 4:30PM


The College of Law South Australia
Level 9, 19 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000

About This Course




This workshop includes:
  • Preparing for the interview and file management
  • Costs and Legal Aid
  • Asking the right questions
  • Assessing prosecution’s case with practical examples
  • Interview practical in small groups
  • Essential follow up after the interview
  • Summary
  • Q&A with the facilitators


Designed for

Current and aspiring criminal lawyers with up to 5 years post admission experience



Mandatories Covered

Professional Skills 1 units
Practice Management and Business Skills 0.5 units
Substantive Law 1.5 units



Presenter biography

Julia Davey, Barrister, Wright Chambers

Julia is a barrister and a Lecturer with the College of Law. Julia was admitted to practice in 1999, and has joined the independent bar in 2019. She was employed for 15 years with the Legal Services Commission practising solely in criminal law, having represented hundreds of clients across all jurisdictions. She also has experience internationally in human rights and international criminal law, including serving with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She holds a Masters of Laws from the University of Melbourne.


Kathryn Waite, Barrister, Edmund Barton Chambers

Kathryn was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2001.

Since admission Kathryn has appeared as trial counsel in all South Australian criminal jurisdictions and was Senior Counsel Assisting the Coroner from 2017-2019.

For 16 years Kathryn worked at the Legal Services Commission conducting a diverse in-house criminal practice, including working as counsel on manslaughter and murder briefs. She has represented thousands of criminal defendants in her career.

As counsel assisting the Coroner, Kathryn has presented complex and long running inquests. More notable matters include deaths in the work place investigated by SafeWorkSA, deaths at the former Oakden Mental Health Facility, deaths in State hospitals resulting from medical oversights and a number of deaths in custody including State Prisons and Aged Care facilities.

Kathryn has also worked in a teaching capacity as Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Law, University of South Australia.

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