Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills

Day 1 and Day 2 of the Expert Witness Training Programme

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Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills


Duration: 2 days


  • 2 days
  • Tue 15 Nov 2022 | 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 16 Nov 2022 | 09:30 - 17:00

The report writing course is designed to provide expert witnesses who are required to write reports with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare their reports to best practice standards.

The courtroom skills course is a highly practical and experiential legal training course designed for any professional who may be called upon to give evidence in any legal forum; civil or criminal.

Course Outline Day 1: Report Writing

This legal training course examines the role and duties of an Expert Witness, with reference to the new High Court procedure.

It will assist delegates to understand what is required from reports. They will consider the content of reports by considering the source and weight of evidence to be included and learning to distinguish between facts, inference and opinion. They will also consider the style and format of reports by reference to a model format.

The samples and models can be adapted to suit the field and context that is required. Attendees bring a copy of a report from a completed case in court ready condition and receive feedback from an experienced lawyer trainer and from the other delegates.

Key learning points for Day 1: Report Writing

  • How to identify the issues and the facts, and the source and weight of those facts
  • Appropriate layout, format and style
  • Expressing an opinion on the issues
  • Pitching the language of the report at the right level
  • Dealing with exhibits, photos, digital evidence and other graphics
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your report writing other delegates

Course Outline Day 2: Courtroom Skills

The courtroom skills training course is an intensive and highly practical day. The procedures in giving evidence, the order of events in court, 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 delegates will experience being cross-examined by a lawyer on a fictional case study. The trainer will give constructive feedback on their particular witness box presentation.

Key learning points for Day 2: Courtroom Skills

  • 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

This course is accredited by Engineers Ireland.