Court room skills / expert witnesses

Target Audience

Agencies (at any level) who are involved in criminal investigations / tribunals and who are required to give evidence at court.


Aim

To enable delegates to comply with legislation, policies, procedures, guidelines and ‘best practice’ when giving evidence at court / compiling court reports.


Courses

  • Court room skills
  • Expert witness
  • Level 4 Fire Safety Diploma

Outcomes

  • Delegates will leave these courses trained to give evidence at all courts or tribunals, either as a witness or an expert witness and write the related reports, by an accredited assessment centre – to include certification.
  • Produce strength of evidence in a manner which is robust, transparent and professional.
  • Trainers are either solicitors, barristers or retired police detectives
  • All courses include role play exercises – delegates are required to
  • Give evidence and be cross examined in a mock court.
  • Attend a case conference with a legal representative.
  • Courses are bespoke to the specific needs of the client.

Core Topic Areas

  • Magistrates, Crown, family  and Civil courts
  • The role of a witness / expert
  • Judicial framework / civil procedure rules
  • Court layout / participants
  • Procedures / course of trial
  • Types of evidence
  • Evidence in chief
  • Cross examination / re-examination
  • Contempt of court – pitfalls
  • Coaching – going too far
  • Preparing for court
  • Report writing / gathering evidence
  • Representing your organisation
  • Officer of the court
  • Disclosure – CPIA
  • Consent / confidentiality/ ethics
  • Role of the CPS / prosecutor
  • Public interest test / victims code
  • Exclusion  of  evidence / PACE
  • Special Measures – vulnerable and intimidated
  • Case conferences

Dates and Prices

Duration 1-2 days
Dates Dates on request
Delegate Cost Please Enquire for Cost
Location
Accommodation Costs and details

Pre-Course Modules

None.


Delivery

Sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint, flipchart, interactive group discussion, individual tuition, film and practical interview exercises with actors.


Post Course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.