Case Preparation and Court Skills

Giving evidence at a hearing is stressful and the witness evidence can be vital to the outcome of the case. Delegates will learn how to prepare to deal effectively with cross-examination. They will consider their role in giving evidence and the do’s and don’ts in giving evidence. They will also gain an understanding of the court procedure, process and practice to equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to present evidence effectively. A mock hearing will be carried out and delegates will participate in the role play and receive constructive and supportive feedback.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the tribunal procedures, processes and practices
  • Considering the adversarial system and the rules of evidence
  • Analysing the roles and responsibilities of witnesses, advocates and decision makers
  • Effective case preparation before a hearing and liaison with others
  • Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in the evidence
  • Dealing with attacks on the evidence and the witness
  • Understanding examination in chief, cross- examination and re-examination
  • Dealing with questioning under cross-examination with confidence, credibility and clarity
  • Learning how to advance evidence and deal with challenges to evidence
  • Providing honest objective clear and helpful evidence
  • Explaining technical information and evidence
  • Understanding how to use contemporaneous notes, documents and other evidence
  • Anticipating cross-examination questionings and considering how to handle them
  • Do’s and don’ts for witnesses
  • Developing a toolkit for giving effective evidence
  • Practical cross-examination role-plays with supportive feedback
  • Using the Witness Familiarisation Competency Criteria to support learning.

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Testimonials

“Very informative and happy to adapt pace to suit the learner”.

“Very enjoyable; I feel as if I have learnt a lot and feel more confident. Very good clear guidance and explanations”

“Excellent I am more confident to attend court as a result of these sessions. Penny excellent in presenting the content”.

“Really helpful. The best training I’ve had in a long time. Really relevant to my role. It was really helpful to put into practice what we had learnt in the role play practice. The trainer had excellent knowledge, was open and approachable and really understood our role and tailored the training accordingly”.

“The session was excellent and assisted me very much- the tips and the roleplay. I am much more confident to give evidence”.