An expert witness must have the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to give evidence effectively. The process of being cross-examined is a daunting experience and now experts may have to give concurrent evidence – be “hot tubbed” as well! This training gives an overview of the process of hot tubbing and tips on how experts can handle questions from the judge or arbitrator and the other expert in the hot tubbing process. This course is designed for experienced experts who wish to further develop and refresh their skills in giving evidence in a range of legal fora including the High Court, Arbitrations or the ICC.
An expert must be able to present evidence, answer questions and advance supporting evidence in their report. Experts will learn through the case preparation method how to prepare to be questioned and to hot tub based on their reports and the joint statements. Experts will be given tips and guidance on how to handle questioning and to hot tub with confidence. The day will consist of intensive role play with tips and feedback. Delegate numbers are limited to ensure each delegate receives challenging questioning with feedback.
- Understanding the purpose of questioning and hot tubbing
- Identifying how to prepare effectively for questioning and hot tubbing
- Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in the evidence
- Identifying structured questioning techniques for questioning another expert in hot tubbing
- Answering and asking questions in the hot tub
- Considering questioning techniques
- Dealing with questions from the decision maker and other experts
- Developing skills for explaining and justifying an expert opinion
- Answering questions without becoming an advocate or being biased
- How to give credible evidence when under pressure
- Learning through role play how to handle questions from another expert and the decision maker.