Courtroom Skills for Local Authorities

This 1 day training course delivered by La Touche Training will examine the type of cases local authority staff encounter and give them the skills needed to excel in the witness box.

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Course outline

An intensive and highly practical day where the procedures in giving evidence, the order of events, the roles of different people in the court and the process of giving evidence will be explained.

The techniques lawyers use to disconcert and discredit witnesses will also be examined.

The morning session is designed to demystify the process of giving evidence.
In the afternoon session some delegates will experience being cross-examined by a lawyer on a fictional case study.

Course objectives

On completion of this course delegates will have a clear understanding of:

  • Jurisdiction of the Courts
  • What is required of local authority staff in Court?
  • How the adversarial system works
  • The procedures, order of events and roles of those in the adversarial systems
  • How to prepare for giving evidence
  • Taking the oath/affirmation with confidence
  • Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
  • How to give clear, honest and objective evidence
  • How to make appropriate use of supporting evidence, documents and notes when giving evidence
  • How to give confident and clear testimony under cross-examination

Key learning points

  • The roles and procedures in the adversarial system
  • How to prepare for giving evidence
  • Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
  • How to give clear, honest and objective evidence
  • How to make appropriate use of supporting evidence, documents and notes when giving evidence
  • How to give confident and clear testimony under cross-examination
  • Experiential role-play on a local authority related case study

Benefits of the training

Many statutory agencies grossly underestimate the importance and significance of providing proper training to officers charged with enforcing legislation.

Not only must officers know the law, they need to gain key skills and competencies in its application.

This includes understanding the application of the relevant powers, knowing how to investigate different offences, interviewing witnesses, issuing warnings and if appropriate proceeding to prosecution, applying the rules of evidence and understanding how the criminal justice system works.

This training course will give delegates the practical knowledge and the confidence to greatly improve their ability to meet their civil enforcement and investigation obligations and ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

This training programme is essential for any local authority staff member, who as involved in the investigative, enforcement or prosecution stages of a criminal prosecution may be called to give evidence in a hearing or court proceedings.

This course is accredited by Engineers Ireland.

This course is on the LASNTG Framework and grant funding can be applied for.

Please contact us for further information: 01 8788 258 - [email protected]