It is useful to set aside time to allow for personal reflection at the conclusion of a case before moving on to the next matter.

Each case provides you with important ‘data’ about the justice system and yourself that you can use to help you become a more effective advocate.

Before closing a file, consider giving thought to the following issues:

What analytical frameworks, templates, research and other resources should I retain that may be useful at a later date?

What have I learned about the investigating officer/expert witness/Crown Attorney/Judge?

Should I order a transcript of the testimony of a particular witness (e.g. an expert witness) for future reference?

What interactions (client/Crown/Court) should I have handled differently?

What points of evidence, procedure or substantive law should I explore further?

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