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Giving Evidence at a Parole Hearing

Monday 28th February 2022

The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ

9.00am Registration, 9.30am Welcome and 4.30pm Close


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Providing oral evidence in any legal context requires an understanding of the legal test.  In the case of Parole Hearings, the test is not to direct release unless it is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public that the offender should be confined to prison, and if the test is not met, open conditions can be recommended where there is a decision that the benefits for the prisoner do not outweigh the risk  o the public. Providing oral evidence at an Oral hearing should be based on this test, regardless of professional background.

Led by Dr Kerry Beckley, Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Beckley Psychology Service Ltd, the aims of the workshop will be to consider how to address the legal test in the context of conducting a risk assessment. This will cover areas relating to how to prepare for the Oral hearing, consideration of how the ‘facts’ of the case result in your opinion and advice for giving evidence. Opportunities for practice based learning will be included.

After attending this course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of the Oral hearing and how risk assessment applies to the legal test
  • Develop both knowledge and confidence in providing Oral evidence (face to face and remotely)
  • Develop effective techniques in responding to challenge
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