Courtroom Testimony Skills
Arcadia University, King of Prussia Campus
1150 First Ave., Suite 700
King of Prussia, PA 19406
November 3 & 4, 2011
8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
Raymond J. Davis
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This two day, interactive course will teach the basic skills of courtroom presentation of evidence. Combining various learning methods such as lectures, informal presentations, in-class exercises, and mock testimony, this will be an informative and practical way for expert witnesses to improve their confidence, public speaking ability, and general knowledge of courtroom procedure. While useful for anyone expecting to work in a courtroom setting, this course is uniquely suited to those in forensic science who are frequently called upon to present and support technical evidence in court and who may not have had adequate training in presentation skills, or may be nervous about speaking in public
The Successful Public Speaker: this discussion is designed to address common fears regarding the courtroom setting and ways to overcome them. Specific fears and strategies are addressed.
Confident communication: the many types of communication styles are identified and discussed. Students are given the opportunity to identify their own style, and are given tips to utilize this information in testimony.
How Juror’s Learn and Remember: Adult learning styles, attention and memory, engaging the audience, getting your point across, eye contact and body language.
Courtroom Testimony I & II: elements utilized by the successful expert witness (such as The Beginner’s Attitude and Paying Attention) are explored, and students identify other essential traits.
Channeling Nervous Energy & Using Eye Contact and Gestures: students are made aware of how nervous energy can be harnessed and overcome.
The Three V’s: successful presentations are based on Verbal, Vocal, and Visual proficiency. The three V’s are defined and explored.
Circles of Communication: non-verbal behavior is determined by thoughts and feelings. Students find out how this can effect an expert’s believability.
Moot Court Exercises: each student gives an expert testimony based on a case given to them on the first day. Students employ the various tips, tricks, and information they have been given throughout the course, and receive feedback from the course instructor. Videotaping is used for self critique. This is designed to simulate an actual courtroom setting as much as possible, to enhance the applicability of what the student has learned.
Student Self Introduction: students present a short biography to their peers.
Case Studies: students are asked to problem solve when given a specific courtroom situation.
Visual Aids: students discuss, prepare, and utilize visual aids.
Listening Tests: exercises help to increase students’ listening ability.
Class size: 12-15 students.
CourtSkills has been providing expert witness training since 1988. They have trained over 3,500 law enforcement professionals, Criminalists, police officers, forensic specialists, CSI personnel and SART nurses the skills necessary for the successful presentation of technical evidence in the courtroom. The staff, with a combined law enforcement experience of one hundred years, has provided instruction to law enforcement agencies in the following States: Georgia, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Washington, Texas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and Louisiana. Specific training has been provided to the FBI, BATFE, US Border & Customs Service & NIST, to the University of California at Davis Medical Training Center, to the California Criminalistics Institute and at numerous regional forensic science societies such as NWAFS, CAC, SAFS, SWAFDE, IAI and AFTE.
You can find out more about Raymond J. Davis and CourtSkills by contacting them at CourtSkills@msn.com.