Courtroom Skills Training

Courtroom Skills Training

Giving evidence can be an intimidating environment for anyone whether you are an expert or giving evidence for the first time. Evidence can be given in Criminal & Civil Courts or at any form of Tribunal or Hearing.  Even if you have given evidence, your courtroom experience may have left you uncomfortable at the prospect of doing it again.

Our Courtroom Skills training course prepares you for giving evidence as a witness. The course is an intensive and practical method of training and can be adapted to meet the needs of any organisation.

Witness preparation is an essential step for those unfamiliar with the courtroom. You will learn how to make the right impression straight away by being prepared and organised.

Understanding the importance of being familiar with the evidence to be presented and how to explain and justify investigative decisions or expert opinions under cross-examination.

Our training is delivered by people experienced in giving evidence, prosecuting criminal cases and defending people.

Training Content:

The day starts with removing the mystery of the courtroom. The roles of those involved will be explained, giving the oath or affirmation of oath and dealing with cross-examinations.

Other areas covered include:

  • Understanding the adversarial process
  • The practice and procedure of giving evidence
  • Preparing to give evidence
  • The role and purpose of evidence-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination
  • Coping strategies
  • The ‘Ten Golden Rules’

As defence lawyers often focus on decisions made by investigators and managers, the course also includes guidance on making decisions, reasoning and recording the thinking behind them.

The course ends with a practical immersion exercise to emphasise the training you have received.

Who should attend Courtroom Skills training?

The training will meet the needs of professional and expert witnesses who are to appear in courtrooms, tribunals or other hearings. Some of those who would benefit most from the course are:

  • Specialist Reporting Agency (SRA)
  • Police Officers
  • Military Personnel
  • Analysts
  • Police Support Staff
  • Insurance Investigators
  • Social workers
  • Child care practitioners
  • Human resources professionals

Course Duration

1 Day – or as required by the organisation

Costs

Costs are available on request by contacting:

info@barnsleyandbarnsley.co.uk