Certificate Course in Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy



Four months fully online Certificate programme by NUJS, Kolkata Scroll Down to Learn More

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About the Course

Total Fees: INR 8,000 5,000

Duration: 4 months

NUJS introduces Certificate Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy which for the first time brings practical insights from top criminal lawyers. This course is designed to be a highly practical course for lawyers who are interested in building a criminal practice. Instead of merely the provisions of the law, this course focuses on ground level realities, drafting some of the most crucial applications in criminal cases, working with the court registry, understanding cause lists, case management, handling client expectations, billing and litigation strategy. Coverage of these areas has been undertaken after speaking to experienced litigators (working at trial courts, High Court as well as Supreme Court), senior advocates, advocates on record and lawyers working in litigation teams at law firms. After pursuing this course, you will have a fair level of confidence in filing important documents in connection with a criminal case, conducting criminal trials on your own and in starting out to develop an independent practice as a criminal lawyer.

Learn:
  • Court setup and investigative machinery, and the lawyer's responsibility in connection with them
  • Role of a criminal lawyer in a trial, with special focus on cross-examination and examination technique
  • Drafting of key criminal documents (FIR, complaint, Bail, Protest petition, SLP, etc.)
  • Case management and litigation strategy
  • Operational aspects in building a criminal practice: Billing, ethics, business development

Other features of the course:

  • Learn anytime and from any location - 24 x 7 access available on mobile and tablet devices and on web.
  • Faculty includes experts from the most reputed corporate law firms. Get doubts cleared in 24 hours.
  • Learning materials comprise of video discussions with experts, animation, study materials, checklists. Access sample agreements and approval applications.
  • Get doubts cleared within 24 hours over a discussion forum
  • Those who complete the course successfully will receive certification from NUJS, Kolkata - certification will be based on performance in an online test.

Target Audience

Law students and young lawyers who have recently joined the bar will immensely benefit from this course.

Course Contents

Why Criminal Law: Most common motivations
  • Working on high-profile cases
  • Adrenaline rush
  • Problem solving and puzzle-cracking requirements
  • Questions touching upon fundamental rights and liberty
  • Understanding human nature and conduct
  • Opportunity to earn money and stature
  • More based on survey
Common Myths in Criminal Practice:
  • Limited to trial courts
  • Not suitable for women
  • It is dangerous
  • Involves lying
  • A good mooter will make you a good lawyer
  • Doing well in law school in criminal law subjects (IPC, CrPC, Evidence) ensures that you will do well in practice
Broad themes covered by this course:
  • How lawyers work with the system
  • How lawyers work on individual cases
  • How lawyers work with their clients
10 things that law books don’t teach about criminal litigation
  • Working of the Criminal Justice System (CJS is more than just the courts. It includes the Police, witnesses, victims, the Magistracy sometimes beyond what is strictly prescribed in the CrPC)
  • Criminal drafting – it’s more than just formats. Use of fact situations, application of law and persuasion
  • Conducting Criminal Trials
  • Preparing a litigation strategy
  • Filing and case management
  • Managing client expectations
  • Inspiring a prospective client’s confidence in you as his lawyer
  • Building your own office
  • Billing
  • Building authority on your areas of practice and expertise
  • Ethics and morals in practice
Roles which Criminal Lawyers play:
  • Criminal defense
  • Government prosecutors and special public prosecutors
  • Counsels for complainants and victims
Types of work that criminal lawyers do
  • Traditional criminal practice (hard crimes) – Rape, murder, abduction, arms offences etc.
  • White collar / corporate crime / economic offenses – Cheating, forgery, criminal IP infringements and violations under specific legislations (Weights & Measures), money laundering, working with ED (Directorate of Enforcement), big litigation
  • Legal aid (for defence) - Cases of poor persons, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, victims of natural disasters, prisoners etc.
  • Working for Special Interest Groups (Victims)– Sex trafficking, bonded labour, domestic violence/violence against women, environmental and wild-life crime
  • Public Prosecutor or Special PP for specific agencies such as CBI, ED, State Police etc.
  • Public Interest Litigation- Acting as a whistle-blower for major scams (For example- Coal block allocation 2G Spectrum) systemic reforms- eg. prisoners rights
Emerging Areas:
  • Big litigation in white collar offences- CBI and ED cases, cyber law
  • Special Interest Litigation- Environmental and Wild-life crime
  • Public Interest Litigation- Criminal Justice Reforms
Organizational Set-up & Career path
  • Independent practice or starting your law-firm
  • Practice under a Senior Advocate
  • Criminal Litigation in a law firm
  • Panel Counsel
  • Judicial Service or later elevation to the Bench
Examples:
  • Ram Jethmalani
  • Anand Grover
  • UU Lalit
  • Dayan Krishnan
  • Amit Desai
  • Harshad Ponda
  • VR Krishna Iyer

 

  • Understanding the court setup and physical infrastructure
  • Detailed guide to how investigations are conducted
  • Stages of trial
  • Criminal drafting – it’s more than just formats. Use of fact situations, application of law and persuasion
    • Information in writing / complaint
    • Correspondence with police and jail authorities
    • Reply to summons
    • Protest petition
    • Bail and anticipatory bail application
    • Application for discharge (before charges are framed)
    • Appeal
    • Application u/s 91 for summoning records
    • Application for exemption from appearance
    • Writ petition (for which reliefs) and petition for quashing FIR
    • Criminal SLP
    • Release of property (seized by IO)
    • Application u/s 207 (for documents)
    • The Vakalatnama
    • Application for victim’s compensation
  • Conducting Criminal Trials
  • Preparing a litigation strategy
  • Filing and case management
  • Managing client expectations
  • Inspiring a prospective client’s confidence in you as his lawyer
  • Building your own office
  • Billing
  • Building authority on your areas of practice and expertise
  • Ethics and morals in practice
Drafting exercise

Industry Academia Panel

Nishant Gokhale

Advocate

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