Prosecutors

Individual online learning

An online learning platform providing constant access to advanced material for specialist prosecutors to access in their own time

This online learning platform gives prosecutors constant access to material that will help them support effective investigations into sexual offences and present this evidence in court. The course will help you use psychology to create suspect-focused investigations, identify the strengths in victim evidence, and address common misconceptions held by jurors. The course will be especially useful in cases that lack physical evidence and rely heavily on effective victim and suspect interviews. The online format means prosecutors can cover and review the material in their own time as well as ask questions via webinars and discussion boards. Individual prosecutors can buy their own access to this platform or organisations an buy bulk access for their teams.

Group introductory learning video

Essential material delivered via a streamed video for audiences of prosecutors as part of your in-house learning.

This video gives an introduction to the psychology of jurors, sex offenders and victims for prosecuting barristers. In the video you'll find out why some jurors may prefer to make decisions based on their beliefs about sexual offences rather than the evidence presented in court; you'll be introduced to a sex offender and consider how you might tailor your prosecution to this individual; and you'll also find out why it is common for victims of sexual offences to offer no resistance during the offence and have a fragmented memory of the event. The video concludes with a section on strength-based prosecutions; these are prosecutions that make the most of complainant evidence, tackle any misconceptions the jury may have and focuses the case on the defendant's behaviour and motives. This 42 minute video is available to be streamed to audiences as part of in-house learning for government prosecuting authorities, private chambers, and barrister organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Getting beyond the myths - why do the public cling to stereotypes?
  • Getting away with it - what tactics will offenders use to avoid detection?
  • It's time to talk about Daryl - prosecuting the defendant who believes in their own innocence
  • Victim impact - why don't some victims fight back and how can trauma affect memory?
  • Strength based prosecutions - making the best of the evidence at hand