Judicial Training

Judicial Training

In relation to financial crime, national laws are increasingly homogenised dealing first with money laundering, then terrorist financing, bribery, even tax evasion and sanctions.

Learning the principles of the globalisation of laws is important and there are many people, including me, who will lecture on that subject where required.

However, there is another, far more complex subject, where my extensive experience and research delivers both intellectual and practical tools specifically designed to help judges understand one of the most complex areas of financial crime trials: the state of mind of the accused, the victims and even witnesses.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill will conduct judicial training based upon his book "Understanding suspicion in Financial Crime."

Courses can be two or four days in length. They may be presented anywhere but will be in English or in an other language with a translator who is familiar with the subject matter.

The course examines a wide range of subject areas which influence whether or not a person forms suspicion and how he responds to that decision.


1. Judges will be better able to explain complex matters such as wilful blindness and the mens rea in financial crime which, almost universally, cause problems both for judges to understand and, even more, to explain to jurors and, even, advocates and parties.

2. Judges will be better able to ensure that the correct questions are put to witnesses so that the decisions they made are clear and the reasons for them understood

3. Judges will have a wide and detailed understanding of the motivation behind the actions of the accused, victims and witnesses.

4. As a result, Judges will find it easier to contain evidence to relevant matters and to reduce the opportunity for prosecutors to adopt the "kitchen sink" approach.

5. Judges will also find it easier to contain evidence to relevant matters and to prevent defendants from creating confusion and therefore doubt.

6. Judges will gain a greater understanding of the role of companies, directors and officers in financial crime and to clarify those roles which will aid in securing well-informed judgments.

For more information, contact me, Nigel Morris-Cotterill, via the link at the top of this page