Written evidence is a key aspect of regulatory and enforcement proceedings. Delegates will consider the structure, content and style of the evidence. They will anticipate challenges to be made to the evidence and how the use of exhibits increases the reliability and weight of the evidence. 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 processes and procedures 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.
- Analysing the type, source, weight, reliability and credibility of evidence in a statement or report
- Analysing the structure, content and style of a report or a statement
- Practical exercises and critiquing of statements using best practice objective competency criteria
- Understanding the court procedures, processes and practices
- Effective case preparation before a hearing and do’s and don’ts for witnesses
- Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in the evidence
- Dealing with questioning under cross-examination with confidence, credibility and clarity
- Practical mock cross-examination role-plays with feedback.