This basic one-day court awareness course is aimed at forensic scientists who may have to give evidence at court. Attendees will be provided with an overview of the Criminal Justice System and the roles and requirements of professional and expert witnesses within the system.
Please note that this course only provides a basic introduction to a forensic scientist’s role in the court room and does not substitute a full training course recommended for individuals who regularly provide scientific statements for court and will be expected to give evidence.
The course will cover the following areas of court awareness for forensic scientists:
Basic introduction of the Criminal Justice System and an overview of the courts and the roles of individuals within the court
Roles and responsibilities of the expert witness with particular focus on:
The Forensic Science Regulator and their guidance
Case management and disclosure requirements
The importance of scientific accuracy and staying within the remit of professional/expert discipline
Case file management and the importance of contemporaneous notes
Report writing, relevant legislation and the importance of peer review
Joint reports and examinations by another scientist
Consideration of hypotheses, awareness of confirmation bias and how to mitigate this
Preparing for court
Attending court and what to expect
Tips and advice for court presentation and dealing with evidence in chief and cross examination.
Yes. We can offer training in all areas of forensic science and so please call us on 01235 774870 to discuss your requirements.
Please call us on 01235 774870 to book your place and arrange payment.
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