Witness Familiarisation – Courtroom Skills Training Course

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Courtroom Skills Training – Witness Familiarisation



Are you prepared to give evidence?

If you are called as an expert or professional witness, a courtroom can be an intimidating environment, for both lay and experienced witnesses.  You may not have given evidence in court before as an expert or professional witness. Even if you have, your courtroom experience may have left you uncomfortable at the prospect of doing it again.

How can Courtroom Skills training help you?

The Courtroom Skills training course prepares you for giving evidence as an expert witness or a professional witness. The course is an intensive, highly practical and experiential form of giving evidence training and can be adapted to meet your needs.

It will help you if you need to provide professional or expert  evidence in court or at a tribunal or hearing. Witness familiarisation training 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. You’ll understand the importance of being familiar with the evidence to be presented and how to explain and justify investigative decisions or expert or professional opinions under cross-examination.

Courtroom Skills training is delivered by practising barristers with many years of experience in prosecuting or defending cases in courtrooms and tribunals. Our course is continually reviewed so you’ll always receive the most up-to-date guidance available.

If you are a Healthcare professional or are in a related profession we have adapted this course especially for specialised area. Please click here for further information.

What does Witness Familiarisation training cover?

The day starts with removing the mystique which can surround courtroom processes. You’ll learn about the various roles of everyone involved as well as how to take the oath and deal with cross-examinations. Other areas covered include:

  •  Understanding the adversarial process
  • The practice and procedure of giving evidence
  • Preparing to give evidence
  • ‘Hot-tubbing’ of expert and professional 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 and recording the thinking behind them. You’ll end the course by undergoing or observing a simulated cross-examination exercise so you’ll know what to expect in the courtroom.

Who should attend Witness Familiarisation training?

 The training will meet the needs of professional and expert witnesses who are to appear in courtrooms, tribunals or misconduct hearings. You’ll also benefit from the course if you are one of the following:

  • Police, military or public sector investigator
  • Police analyst
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Investigator
  • Social worker
  • Child care practitioner
  • Human resources professionals


Courtroom Skills Training

In House

The Courtroom Skills training course can be delivered at an approved Sancus venue, or at your own premises for maximum convenience, for as little as £1,350 +vat (£1,450 +vat if within the M25 radius) for up to 12 delegates.

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Court Room Skills – Feedback

In-House Course – July 2017

“Thank you, the session was very well received. All the delegates enjoyed the day and were grateful for the insights. In particular the cross-examination exercise built a lot of confidence and gave us plenty to reflect on. Please thank Michael again for tailoring the content to us and our industry.