OverviewOur Advanced Statement Writing and Court Skills aims to deliver a good working knowledge about the inner-workings of a courtroom setting and prepare you to appear in a courtroom environment. You will identify issues (and include facts which support these issues), the source and weight of evidence while insulating written evidence against cross-examination. The course will explore the layout and formalities which take place within court as well as the use of exhibits/appendices/photos/plans/maps and using contemporaneous notes as the basis for statements/reports. You’ll learn how to deliver your statements clearly, getting your message across to your peers. The course will give you an opportunity to develop an objective, critical eye in relation to written evidence and the procedures and process of giving evidence, as well as preparing you to give your own evidence. It will inform you about the roles of the various people in court/tribunal and instill you with the confidence to take the oath or affirmation with certainty. In non-intimidating, realistic role-play, you will gain experience in being cross-examined: learning valuable skills about the techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them; how to give clear, honest, impartial testimonies receiving detailed feedback in order to properly prepare you for the real thing.
Who is Advanced Statement Writing & Court Skills aimed at?Anyone who is required to write statements for and appear in Court especially Social Workers and other Expert Witnesses.
Course Length2 days
On conclusion of the course, participants should have gained a good working knowledge of how the court system works, together with a firm understanding as to how to create and present written statements and oral evidence in an effective and persuasive way.