The Australian Advocacy Institute


Advocacy for Family Lawyers



13, 14 OCTOBER 2017


FRIDAY: 5.00pm to 7.00pm
SATURDAY: 8.30am to 5.30pm


$1450 - all practitioners.
Discounted registration available for ALS, Legal Aid and Community Law offices. Contact the AAI ( for details.


The Australian Advocacy Institute’s workshops are designed to enable advocates to develop their skills in the pursuit of professional excellence.


Advocacy consists of a combination of skills and disciplines which are universal to all jurisdictions. An individual workshop which focus on a specialised jurisdiction such as family law is useful because it focuses on:


1.                 Examination in Chief - The Family Court requires evidence in chief to be on affidavit. Most of those affidavits are drawn by solicitors. It is essential that anyone drafting such a document have a thorough grasp of leading evidence in chief. This skill is one of those taught at the workshop.


2.                 Cross Examination - In order to cross examine effectively it is necessary to know what final arguments will be made to the Court. Learning to cross examine helps to hone these skills and enables better preparation of briefs to Counsel and preparation generally.


3.            Legal Argument - The skill of presenting a well prepared structured persuasive argument in the Family Court setting.


4.                Ex parte Applications- The skill of presenting a successful urgent ex parte application which are common in this jurisdiction.

The Family Law Workshop


All workshops focus on advocacy skills and employ the Institute’s workshop method. Using this method participants are divided into small groups and are involved in a number of exercises which are reviewed by trained and experienced advocacy teachers.


Exercises for the workshop vary but are designed to raise specific issues for analysis and argument. Exercises performed may include the training of skills in:


·        Preparation of the factual materials

·        Analysis and the development of a case theory

·        Applications and legal argument

·        Examination in Chief & Cross-examination

·        Opening & Closing Addresses and final submissions

·        Communication Skills


Materials are provided on ethics & etiquette and the various skills.


Group allocation is based on levels of practice experience and advocacy experience. Participants are asked for professional background information and allocated to a group with similar background and experience.


AAI trained instructors are selected to work with a particular group and their teaching is directed to the specific level of that group.


AAI Family Law workshops are taught by trained instructors in the Institute’s skills method. Instructors are family law practitioners or members of the family court judiciary.


AAI workshops qualify for full CPD/CLE points.


Further information on this and other workshops conducted by the AAI, please visit or email

Personal Attention

The AAI believes in the learning-by-doing methodology, which is highly effective in small groups of participants teamed with one or two faculty members. This arrangement allows for intensive individual instruction.

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and accommodation are not included in the tuition and are the responsibility of each participant.

Cancellation and Refunds

Registered participants who have paid their registration in full may cancel that registration on notification to the AAI no later than 30 days before the workshop commencement date.  A 10% administration fee will be charged on all such cancellations.

Cancellations made between 30 to 15 days before the workshop commencement date will be entitled to a refund less 25%.  Cancellations within the period 14 days or less before workshop commencement will be entitled to a refund less 50%.  No refunds are available once a workshop has commenced.

Should a workshop be cancelled by the AAI, a full refund of all Registration Fees will be made, regardless of the proposed commencement date.

CLE/CPD Points

All AAI workshops are accredited for full CLE/CPD points. The number of points applicable varies in each state. Please contact your state Bar Association/Law Society for relevant information.

Limited Enrolment

Enrolment in this program is limited and will be restricted to ensure that the Instructor/Participant ratio provides personalised instruction.