Justice to talk trials for lecture series

A speech from Federal Court Justice Kylie Downes will cap off the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Modern Advocate Lecture Series this month.

Justice Downes will speak about the intricacies of preparing for, and appearing at, a Federal Court trial, when she delivers the third and final lecture of the complimentary series at Law Society House on Tuesday, 24 October.

She will address identification of evidence, preparation of witnesses, development of a case theory, and presentation of the case at trial, including objections to evidence, opening and closing submissions, and examination of witnesses.

Justice Downes has a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.

She was admitted as a barrister in 1992 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 before being appointed to the Federal Court in 2021.

For more than 20 years in practice at the bar, she wrote a regular Proctor column called Back to Basics which has been compiled into three books.


She has also been a regular speaker on topics associated with the rules of evidence, as well as practice and procedure.

Justice Downes will present Preparation for, and appearing at, a trial in the Federal Court from 5.30pm to 7pm, at Law Society House, 179 Ann St, Brisbane.

The lecture, worth 1 CPD point and free to Queensland Law Society members, will be followed by networking drinks and canapés.

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The first lecture of the series was delivered in June by Federal Circuit and Family Court Judge Patricia Cope, and the second was delivered last month by Children’s Court of Queensland Judge Deborah Richards.

The Modern Advocate Lecture Series focuses on practical advocacy skills with an ethical perspective. The lectures are held three times a year at Law Society House, Brisbane. They are also livestreamed and recorded.

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