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.
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.
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