This blog is intended to be a place to crowdsource tips and tricks which may be of assistance during pupillage. I (Richard) shall be sharing a few factual tips and tricks that either I have come across or that others sends me on Richard . Reynolds [ a t ] 9 bedford row . co . uk, I will not be sharing advocacy tips or training from my varied pupil masters, but rather more basic things such as the location of courts, bits of law which come up often (though no legal advice, of course!), where to get a good coffee, etc.
So here are the first two:
St Albans Crown Court
Do not rely on Google to get you there! If you google it your likely to be sent to another town, not just the wrong building. For the avoidance of doubt there is a Crown Court in St Albans, its near the station, just up the hill and to the right and thats the one people mean.
This is not an answer, but a warning. The current judicial view appears to be that since a recent rule change (some time in 2014 - I have not found out more) they are no longer empowered to order a noting brief on a normal legal aid rep order. I was warned that even if they purport to order one the odds are you will not be paid. I would welcome anyone who has found a way of dealing with this to contact me. For my part, I got myself put on an older rep order in the same trial, so I'm still getting paid.
Please do send me your own tips and tricks at the email address above. I am a criminal pupil in London, so especially if you are not either of these, or one of these, please add your experience to my own.