Witness Skills

Giving evidence can be a daunting, lonely and intimidating experience for witnesses. A poor performance in the witness box can undermine a witness' confidence, affect the credibility of their evidence and be detrimental to their case.

These risks can be minimised if witnesses undertakes witness skills training.

La Touche Training is the leading provider of Witness Skills training in Ireland. We regularly provide witness skills sessions for witnesses across Ireland who may give evidence in a variety of legal fora including arbitrations, civil, criminal and family courts, oral hearings, Inquests, tribunals, select committees and inquiries.

Witness Skills training is practical, cost-effective and available at short notice. It provides witnesses with a comprehensive understanding of the relevant forum’s practice and procedure, the process of giving evidence, what is expected of them and handling the adversarial or inquisitorial nature of legal proceedings.

Experiential legal training with role-play improves communication and greatly increases witness confidence.

Trainers do not know about the facts of the real case in which the witness is involved, to comply with the rule against coaching witnesses.

La Touche Training’s Witness Skills sessions will:

  • Mitigate against risk of poor performance in the witness box
  • Thoroughly prepare witnesses for their appearance in a hearing
  • Demystify the relevant forum’s practice and procedure
  • Eliminate the effects of nervousness or over-confidence