Trial Advocacy Training

The BLA-LEC has been conducting the Trial Advocacy training since 1986. It is modeled on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) model of training.

It is an art of persuasion, using the language to tell a convincing and a believable story. The programme is aimed at helping lawyers acquire and develop the skills and values they need to become competent and confident litigators. It is focused on trial skills; this forms the foundation of a learn-by-doing approach, in that all exercises are conducted in a simulated courtroom session. Participants receive immediate feedback on their performances from the faculty members. The performance is videotaped to further individual review. There is also a benefit from seeing other participants performances and hearing their critique.

The programmes comprises of:

  1. A three (3) day Basic Intensive training which covers the following aspects of a trial:
      • Case Analysis
      • Opening Statements
      • Direct Examination (Examination in chief)
      • Cross Examination and
      • Closing Arguments


  2. A six (6) day Advanced training which covers the following aspects of a trial:
      • Case Analysis
      • Opening Statements
      • Direct Examination and Cross Examination
      • Re-examination
      • Impeachment and rehabilitation of witness
      • Tendering of exhibits
      • Expert witnesses and
      • Closing Arguments


  3. A two (2) day High Court Motion Proceedings training which covers:
      • Urgent Applications
      • Unopposed Motions
      • Opposed Motions
      • Sequestrations Applications (Rule 43)
      • Heads of Arguments


  4. A five (5) day Introduction to Trial Advocacy Training conducted in partnership with Legal Education and Development (L.E.A.D) LSSA)


The BLA-LEC has an experienced and dynamic faculty who bring their experience to the learning through lecturing; demonstration and valuating performance. All our faculty members have been trained and use the NITA methodology. They include Judges, Senior Counsels, Magistrates, Professors and Senior Attorneys.


Judge Makgoka, Judge Bertelsmann and Mr Seabi

Training Programme Location Date of Event Registration Closing Date Registration Form
TAT: Advanced Trial Advocacy Johannesburg 20 – 25 September 2021 10 September 2021 Applications Closed
TAT: Advanced Trial Advocacy Polokwane 29 November – 04 December 2021 19 November 2021 Registration Form
TAT: Advanced Trial Advocacy Cape Town 13 – 18 December 2021 03 December 2021 Registration Form

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