Preparing to Prosecute – Achieving Effective Outcomes


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).

Contemplating and undertaking statutory prosecutions is a highly challenging and complex legal area.  Given these challenges and risks, preparation is the key and it is essential that officers manage the steps leading up to instituting prosecutorial proceedings effectively.

This workshop explores the fundamental elements necessary for preparing a statutory prosecution to achieve the best outcome.

Who should attend our Preparing to Prosecute workshop?

  • Government compliance and enforcement officers
  • Government legal officers
  • Government officers that are involved in enforcement and prosecution processes.
What we'll cover
  • Confirming the offence/s – can prosecution action be taken:
    • Confirming that the elements of the offence and other threshold issues can be established on the evidence
    • Identifying the defendant, understanding grades of offences, penalties units and jurisdiction
    • Checking and confirming applicable statutory timeframes and requirements
    • Checking and confirming delegations.
  • Consideration and confirmation that the prosecution action should be taken:
    • DPP Prosecution Guidelines
    • Model Litigant Principles.
  • Preparing a brief of evidence – tips and tricks
  • Preparing a complaint and summons:
    • Justices Act 1886 (Qld) requirements
    • Recent developments and consideration of relevant cases.
  • Tips and tricks of drafting a complaint including:
    • Proper particularisation
    • The effective use of elements of an offence versus sub-particulars
    • Avoiding unnecessarily pleading matters of evidence or proof
    • The inability to plead in the alternative.
  • Service of the summons – requirements and issues.
What you'll learn

You'll leave this workshop with the skills and practical tips to assist in the establishment of a sound process for advising on and preparing for a statutory prosecution.


Event Details
17 August 2021

8.45am for 9.00am - 12.45pm
$698 per person
$628 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$593 per person if in a group of three or more 
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street 

Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110
Email [email protected]

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Support when you need it the most

As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.

Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.