Materials comprise paper and PowerPoint handout.


Fletcher Pilditch, Barrister, Richmond Chambers
Garry Williams, Barrister, Richmond Chambers
Chair: The Honourable Justice Moore


Every course, seminar and text on courtroom advocacy emphasises that preparation is key to a successful outcome: facts must be established early, witnesses carefully prepared, the evidence/key documents filed in a timely way, legal submissions prepared well in advance of trial.

You have done all of these things and eagerly anticipate the first day of the trial. Then, the day before, or on the first day, or even during the trial, everything changes…

Courtroom litigation is a dynamic process and, despite best endeavours, the landscape can transform rapidly from what you thought the case was about to something completely different. The next seminar in this well-received series will address how to manage both the expected and unexpected eventualities that can (and do) arise for litigators regardless of their area of practice.

These materials will help you:

  • Become better prepared for dealing with sudden eventualities that arise in the course of litigation, such as:

o Urgent and non-notified applications;
o Unexpected and late discovery/disclosure;
o Late changes to pleadings or criminal charges;
o Last-minute introduction of new evidence;
o Funding issues for clients;
o Witness hostility – failure to attend or giving evidence contrary to their statements/ briefs; and
o Unexpected evidential issues.

  • Gain insights into how and why these issues arise, and how they can be managed in a way that best accords with not only your ethical obligations to your client but also to the Court.
  • Receive direct practical commentary from a member of the Judiciary on how to best deal with these issues.

Intended audience

Litigators wishing to upskill or receive a refresher.