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Information for AAI Instructors


Here you will find information, links and download files for AAI workshops.

ONLINE v IN PERSON workshops:

We have been conducting workshops successfully ONLINE for over 12 months now.  The platform works and does so effectively. However it is accepted that both the teaching and learning experience IN PERSON remains the far better option.  It is our intention to return to in person as soon as practical, always recognising the need for Covid awareness ... and be prepared to swing over to online on short notice.


A positive that has emerged from the online program is the benefit of doing the mid-week intro. session earlier ... i.e. Wednesday/Thursday evenings, and online.  We intend to keep this option for workshops with the Saturday online or in person, as it frees up Friday travel and gives the participants exposure to the program earlier.


However, not all clients are yet ready to go back to in person. The QLS have indicated they will stay with online for their general skills workshops, partly because it allows attendance from all regional centers and partly through cost ... it is an expensive proposition flying us all to Cairns!


We expect that the courts in Sydney and Brisbane will shortly be allowing us back in, which will be great, but please be aware that even though we prefer in person, it is not always the best option from the clients view.




Update to the "Handbook for AAI Instructors":

An update is now available as a download below. This follows requests to reissue advice on common problems faced by newer instructors that had been previously only been found in the first edition of the AAI Advocacy Manual. Every instructor, new or old, will benefit from having a common list of points to review on.


Workshop Schedule:

The workshop schedule for 1st half 2022 will be available below shortly. I am ALWAYS interested in hearing from you if you wish to be included in the teaching team for any coming workshop.

Please email me [ aai@advocacy.com.au ] and I will let you know asap if we can include you in arrangements ... Scott.


AAI Vulnerable Witness Workshops ... please be aware that the AAI requires instructors at VW Workshops to have had specific teacher training in that area before teaching.


To all AAI instructors ... Stay well and please let me know your availability ... Scott

AAI Workshop Schedule

(Click on date for workshop details, if available)

Last update 19/11/2021

June to December 2020

January to June 2021

July to December 2021

AAI Resources for Instructors

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AAI Advocacy Manual &

Instructors Handbook

AAI Case Studies

Articles and Documents

A 'pdf' copy of the

AAI Advocacy Manual

(First Edition) - full edition

is available as a download HERE.

(Print limited and copyright... available for Instructors only.
Please do not copy or distribute beyond AAI use.)


A 'pdf' copy of the

'AAI Handbook for Advocacy Instructors' [revised 2021]

is available as a download HERE.


An abridged 'pdf' copy of the

AAI Advocacy Manual

(First Edition) with only the skills chapters, is available

as a download HERE.

(Print limited and copyright...
usually made available to workshop participants only )

The current Hard Copy
2nd Edition of the

AAI Advocacy Manual

available for purchase by AAI Instructors at 50% discount.

Purchase HERE

2nd Edition

The AAI Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Program

For those AAI instructors who have undertaken the specialist Teacher Training required for the AAI VW program, here is a link to the VW program materials and videos. [HERE]

A note to all AAI instructors:

The Case Studies below are copyright and are the property of the Australian Advocacy Institute. They are not for general release or use and permission must be sought from the AAI before being used in any form.



Criminal Trials:


DPP v Evelyn Cannon [2020](download)

DPP v Nigel Bland [2016](download)

DPP v Telfani [2016](download)

DPP v Martin Jackson [2014](download)

DPP v Canning [2011](download)




DPP v Cannon Sentencing Plea [2016] (Conspiracy)(download)

DPP v Uri Zukov [2016] (Theft & false accounting)(download)

DPP v Lucia Gonzales [2015] (Burglary & assault)(download)

DPP v Phillip Ball [2010] (Reckless injury)(download)




Porcine v Royal Bridgewater Golf Club [2014](download)

Davies v Riverside Grammar [2018](download)

Middleton v Handy Bros [2014](download)

ACCC v Porters Plumbing [2006](download)

Wood v Simpson [2018](download)

DPP v Evelyn Cannon (Bail Application) [2010](download)

DPP v Peter Partridge (Bail Application) [2018](download)


Civil Trials:


Martin Jackson v FAA Insurance [2018](download)


Family Trials:


Wilson v Wilson [2018](download)




DPP v Canning (Appeal, QLD) [2012](download)

Bland v Queen (Appeal) [2004](download)

DPP v Evelyn Cannon (Appeal) [2014](download)





DPP v Evelyn Cannon(download)

DPP v Nigel Bland(download)

DPP v Martin Jackson (criminal trial)(download)

ACCC v Porter's Plumbing(download)

DPP v Elmo Telfani(download)

Wilson v Wilson (2015)(download)

Notes on Injunctions(download)

DPP v Fred Ball(download)

DPP v Evelyn Cannon PLEA(download)


Older Case Studies:


General cases:

Antonio Pesci v Commissioner of Police [2010] (Revocation of firearms licence)(download)

ASIC v McLeod [2004] (Carry on business name)(download)

ASIC v Scam & Swindle [2004] (Illegal fundraising, deception and fraud)(download)

Copperfield Vet v Redgrave & Rosen [2005] (Contract of Sale)(download)

DPP v Daniel Jones [2010] (Knowingly supply alcohol)(download)

Frost v Frost v TAC [2004] (Application for leave to bring damages)(download)

Horatio Hazard v Speedy Transport [2014] (Damages following work injury)(download)

Republic Bank v Jack Nelson [2005](download)

Roderick Sun v Friendly Insurance (Civil Trial) [2010](download)

Schmit v TAC [2012](download)



DPP v Wilton-Smith [2012] (Appeal agains conviction - Qld CCA)(download)

R v Vladimir Orlov [2009] (Sentence Appeal)(download)

Patrick O'Connor [2011] (Sentence Appeal)(download)

Ferguson Appeal [2009](download)

Kinersen-Smith & Connor [2009](download)

Long [2009](download)

Tupou [2009](download)



Hood (Application for CPO) [2006](download)

Theobald v Griffiths (Application for extension of time) [2005](download)

Windsor v Marks (Family Law - Relocation of child) [2005](download)

Wood v Chop (Application to stop tree felling) [2008](download)



DPP v Trevor Hayden [2012](download)

DPP v Teller [2010](download)

Lois Lane - Plea in Mitigation [2003](download)

John Thompson [2010](download)

Police v Aritan [2003](download)






The following article appeared in the NSW Bar Association "In Brief" on 06/11/2019


The New South Wales Bar Association is pleased to confirm that 32 members of the NSW Bar will participate this weekend in an Advocacy Skills workshop designed for barristers of 3-5 years seniority. The workshop is a joint initiative of the Bar Association and the Australian Advocacy Institute (AAI). The participants will practise trial techniques and strategies with the assistance of instructors led by the The Hon Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Craig Smith SC, Carolyn Davenport SC, His Honour Judge Peter Berman SC and Ian Robertson SC of the South Australian Bar.


This workshop follows on from the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Program held on 12 October 2019 where 25 barristers participated in a workshop designed to foster a greater understanding of the fundamental principles behind the approach to, and questioning of, vulnerable witnesses. The NSW Bar is the first independent state Bar to run that program. A separate article about that workshop will appear in an upcoming edition of Bar News. The participants in both workshops are given various advocacy tasks to perform and then receive immediate feedback from experienced instructors with constructive and practical suggestions on ways to improve their advocacy. The teaching method at the workshops is the ‘performance and review’ method. In short, the participant performs an advocacy role, is reviewed usually as to a single technique from that performance and the instructor then demonstrates that technique. Those sessions are complemented by general sessions involving all participants around key advocacy topics including case theory and communication.


We wish the participants well this weekend and thank those that participated so successfully in the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Workshop. It is anticipated that these advocacy initiatives will be continued in 2020 and beyond with further skills workshops being available to members of the NSW Bar.

Teaching at Keble Advanced International Advocacy Course, Oxford, UK


In September 2017, AAI Chair Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace and AAI Board Member Craig Smith SC, were invited by the UK Inns of Court College of Advocacy to join the instructing faculty at the annual Advanced International Advocacy Workshop for the UK South Eastern Circuit (i.e London and immediate regions). Another AAI Board Member, Grant Brady SC, also taught at the course as a representative of the Australian ATC.


Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace had previously taught at this course in 2016.


An article subsequently appeared in the South East Circuit newsletter, written by one of the students attending the workshop.  Honourable mentions were included for our instructors.


Read article by clicking the pic above.