Law, Evidence, Procedure and Best Practice

This course looks at the relevant law, evidence and procedures that are essential for an investigator to carry out an effective and compliant investigation.

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Law, Evidence, Procedure and Best Practice


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This intensive and practical one day training course is designed to provide delegates with a clear insight into the legal framework in which they work. Those attending will examine their governing legislation, practice, procedures and rules of evidence that impact on their work.

They will learn from qualified lawyers how to apply best practice in their procedures to ensure consistent standards are applied across the board, at all stages of their investigation. Delegates will learn how to investigate, collect and record evidence properly so that they can stand over their investigation when challenged in court.

Who should book this course and why?

Many professionals, as part of their every day role, gather evidence. This includes those with a regulatory, investigative, complaints handling, inspection, enforcement or prosecution role.

Delegates will learn how to gather evidence in accordance with best practice standards so that it is admissible, relevant and credible. The whole process of collecting, recording, assessing and evaluating evidence will be covered in a way that will highlight the pitfalls and shortcomings in gathering evidence.

Those who collect evidence often fail to realise the way in which this evidence will be scrutinised and criticised in the litigation process. The training will instil in them best practice procedures and processes, with an understanding of why they are important.

Course Outline

Delegates will consider how to carry out their work to best practice standards.

The training looks at the different types and sources of evidence and how this evidence will be collected and recorded so that it is admissible and reliable in any subsequent legal proceedings.

Delegates conducting investigations will learn how to conduct an investigation that is compliant with the human rights principles.

Delegates will analyse a case to determine what has to be proved and how to prove it using the best available evidence.

They will consider case studies tailored to their specific areas of work. This training will assist those who investigate or carry out either criminal, civil or employment investigations.

Key Learning Points

  • Have an appreciation of their governing legislation, particularly their powers
  • Understand the need for consistency of approach in enforcement procedure
  • Recognise different types of evidence, including, oral, documentary, hearsay, circumstantial and real evidence, which includes use of notebooks, photographs, maps, recorded evidence and samples as evidence
  • Distinguish between facts, inferences and opinions
  • Follow best practice in evidence gathering procedure
  • Consider the rules of evidence and admissibility of evidence
  • Have an understanding of our legal system, court system and criminal prosecution procedure both summary and indictable
  • Follow guidelines in relation to the procedure required in case preparation