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Our Courses

Our courses are specially designed to ensure evidence is delivered to the Court in the most effective way possible.

We do this through the provision of practical methods and strategies to provide evidence, and our rigorous practical training sessions provide a unique practical opportunity in which these skills can be implemented.

Courses are available for both expert witnesses and lay (factual) witnesses.

Some courses can be taught individually, and group courses can be arranged, particularly for experts within one area of specialisation, expertise or profession.

Where appropriate and requested, group courses are tailored to the specific subject area expertise of the relevant expert or experts, and are generally customised specifically to suit training needs.

All courses are conducted by experienced practising barristers.

We can run courses both in person throughout Australia, remotely by video, and in a hybrid manner.

Our Witness Familiarisation course (below) will benefit all witnesses (both experts and factual witnesses) likely to be providing testimony to courts, tribunals and in other judicial and quasi-judicial settings in both Australia, and internationally. Additionally, our specialised expert witness courses will benefit professional witnesses across all areas of expertise looking to improve the manner in which their evidence is delivered.

All courses can be taught as one-off sessions, or as part of a series.

Generally courses for expert witnesses count toward the relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for experts, subject to the rules of the various professional bodies.

Witness familiarisation
  • “Just in time” training given shortly before a hearing
  • Available for factual (lay) witnesses and expert witnesses
  • Half and full day courses available
  • Suitable for all witnesses (factual and expert) likely to be giving evidence under cross examination at an upcoming hearing
  • Generally done individually although group sessions are available in some circumstances
    • Structure and content:
      • Foundations
        1. Introduction to the court/trial process
        2. Role of a witness
        3. The giving of evidence
        4. Cross examination techniques
        5. Strategies to deliver evidence effectively
      • Practical
        1. Mock cross examination session on hypothetical set of facts
        2. Videoed for witness, reviewed and analysed
        3. Repeat

    Please see this brochure for more information on our witness familiarisation courses

    Expert witness training – The basics
    • General introductory course for expert witnesses
    • Group training session for experts in a specific area of expertise
    • Typically taught over one hour to a professional body, employer etc
    • Suitable for all expert witnesses, although particularly useful for:
      • Aspiring expert witnesses
      • Specialists and professionals with limited experience as an expert witness looking to understand more about the expert witness process
      • Practising expert witnesses looking to refresh or maintain their ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
    • Content:
      • Role of an expert
      • Expert witness rules and obligations
      • The court process
      • Case law and examples

    Please see this brochure for more information on this introductory expert witness training course

    Expert witness training – Report writing
    • More detailed training focussing on the writing of expert reports
    • Group training session for experts in a specific area of expertise
    • One hour, half day and full day courses available
    • Suitable for all expert witnesses, although particularly useful for:
      • Specialists and professionals with limited experience as an expert witness looking to understand wishing to understand more about the report writing process
      • Practising expert witnesses looking to refresh or maintain their ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
    • Content:
      • Assessing expert evidence
      • The report and content
      • Privilege and effects
      • Taking instructions
      • Drafting the report

     

     

    Please see this brochure for more information on this expert witness report writing course.

    Expert witness training – Cross examination Foundations
    • Focus on the delivery of evidence at court and in other judicial/quasi-judicial settings
    • Half day and full day group sessions
    • Suitable for all expert witnesses, although particularly useful for:
      • Aspiring expert witnesses
      • Specialists and professionals with limited experience as an expert witness looking to understand more about the cross examination process
      • Expert witnesses with limited court-room or cross examination experience but looking to develop this
      • Expert witnesses with some cross-examination experience but looking to “refresh” or hone their skills
      • Practising expert witnesses looking to refresh or maintain their ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
    • Content:
      • The giving of expert testimony under cross examination
      • Barrister preparation to cross examine experts
      • How experts should prepare for cross-examination
      • Cross examination techniques
      • Witness strategies to deliver evidence effectively under cross examination
      • A series of short mock cross examinations, based on pre-prepared hypothetical materials

    Please see this brochure for more information on this expert witness cross examination training course

    Intensive mock-cross examinations - Practical
    • Following from “Foundations” course above
    • Intensive sessions in smaller groups with one of our barrister-trainers
    • Recommended group size: 2-3 experts
    • Taught over half day or full day
    • Suitable for all expert witnesses, although particularly useful for:
      • Expert witnesses with limited court-room or cross examination experience but looking to develop this
      • Expert witnesses with some cross-examination experience but looking to “refresh” or hone their skills
      • Practising expert witnesses looking to refresh or maintain their skills
      • All experts wishing to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
    • Targeted to those people more likely to be giving evidence – e.g. those on the cusp of becoming experts, or existing experts wanting further training
    • Would be cross examined on materials specifically prepared and relevant to their area of expertise
    • Content
      • Mock cross examination session – 1 attendee cross examined, while others watch
      • Videoed, reviewed, critiqued and analysed with instructor and group
      • Repeat with initial attendee and with other attendees
    • These can be done virtually or in person
    • Costs vary depending on the duration of the course and level of preparation required. This can be discussed as part of any quote. Please contact us to discuss

    Please see this brochure for more information on this practical expert witness training course on cross examination

    Upcoming Public Sessions
    From time to time, we offer the above courses to members of the public. Typically, these sessions are taught in small groups to various members of the public who have upcoming trials – either as experts or lay witnesses.

    We are presently offering the following virtual sessions:

    Witness Familiarisation – Lay Witnesses


    Monday, 12 September 2022
    09:00am – 17:00pm AEST

    Monday, 28 November 2022
    09:00am – 17:00pm AEDT

    Witness Familiarisation – Expert Witnesses


    Tuesday, 13 September 2022
    09:00am – 17:00pm AEST

    Tuesday, 29 November 2022
    09:00am – 17:00pm AEDT

    Bespoke training to suit your needs
    • Various other forms of training to suit all needs are available on request. These include:
      • Government disclosure training
      • Health disclosure training
      • Mock trials
      • In-house CPD training for staff
      • Mentoring of expert witnesses
      • Review of written reports – by recommended third party partners
    • Bespoke and customised training for all organisations
    • Contact us to learn more.

    Please contact us if you would like any further information these courses.

    Find out about our specialised courses for expert witnesses

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