Prosecution counsel is enjoined to ensure that in their opening speech they address myths and stereotypes about child sexual abuse, to adduce expert evidence where appropriate, and to ask the judge to give specific directions to the jury. In addition, they should read and be familiar with the Advocates’ Gateway ( and the Judicial College Bench Checklist for Young Witness Cases (

Pupillage matched funding
Applications for the Council of the Inns of Court 2014-15 Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme close on 2 December at 5pm. Set up to encourage additional pupillages, the new scheme is open to chambers whose work is predominantly publicly funded (see p 19). Apply at:

Flexibility: ‘in it to win it’
Lady Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, has urged a diverse field of candidates to apply for the flexible working post (Queen’s Bench Division) in the current High Court selection exercise: “We know there are plenty of able women and other diverse lawyers out there who could be great judges. There are fewer barriers now than ever before. But if you don’t apply they can’t appoint you – you have to be ‘in it to win it’,” she said. Provisions were enacted in April enabling flexible, part-time working for the High Court bench. Applications close at noon on 4 November.