Courses & Units

Criminal Law Practice: Magistrates' Court Practice & Advocacy LCA102



This unit forms part of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


This unit is organised in to three modules: familiarisation with the Court, Applications and Submissions (practice and advocacy) and conducted defended criminal proceedings. Throughout the duration of the Course a series of fortnightly exercises are distributed to trainees in the form of a factual scenario, set of instructions and relevant documentation. Trainees are required to act for their client on the information they are provided with. This includes filing relevant documentation with the Magistrates' Court and appearing in the Court to argue their clients application. Prior to each exercise trainees are given an on-site lecture relevant to their next exercise. Lectures are delivered by either a Magistrate or a senior practitioner experienced in the relevant area. All appearances are made at the Magistrates' Court in Hobart before a Magistrate.

The exercises cover the following areas:

  • Adjournment without plea
  • Bail application
  • Pleas in mitigation
  • Restricted licence applications
  • Ex tempore (without preparation) exercises
  • Ex parte restraint/family violence order application
  • Application for bail for a charge of assault in the context of the Family Violence legislation

The final part of this unit is concerned with conducting defended criminal proceedings. The corresponding exercises concern the charges of common assault, and stealing. Trainees will appear for the defence or prosecution and will lead or cross examine a witness at the hearing. In addition to feed back by the presiding Magistrate a senior practitioner will observe and review trainees' Court appearances for the purposes of advocacy coaching and tuition.


Unit name Criminal Law Practice: Magistrates' Court Practice & Advocacy
Unit code LCA102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Centre for Legal Studies
Teaching staff

Magistrates and a panel of senior practitioners

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Legal Practice On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Legal Practice 31/1/2020 9/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/7/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090913

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  • Pre-requisites: LLB and Admission to course L6B Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


Teaching Pattern

Unit is part of GradDipLegPrac. Course carries a full-time load taught over 3 days per week. Attendance is compulsory.


Assessment of all elements in this Unit will be in accordance with the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultancy Council's 'National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers'.

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