Course detail: Trial Preparation, Testimony, and Prosecution Strategy
Testifying successfully as a witness requires that personnel know how to communicate information to the court and to juries in response to open-ended and closed-ended questions in a way that is precise, objective, and credible. Students will learn how to prepare themselves and their cases to give testimony in a hearing or at trial. Students will also learn through hands-on exercises and role-playing strategies they can use to communicate in a clear and compelling way while testifying.
Participants will introduce public safety officers and other agency personnel to the information and skills necessary to testify effectively at depositions, court hearings, and trials.
Describe and discuss the role of the witness and the different types of witnesses
List the various ways a witness can prepare before giving testimony in a case
Using precise language, respond effectively to open-ended and closed-ended questions
Describe the importance of dress, demeanor, and body language when testifying
Identify ways in which the witness's credibility and objectivity can be threatened
Recognize and avoid objectionable testimony including hearsay, speculation, and testimony that lacks foundation
Lecture and guided discussions
Who Should Attend
Sworn and paid public safety officers, volunteer law enforcement auxiliary members, and agency support personnel such as records custodians and evidence technicians
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