Hope you are well! I’m guessing for most of you the snow must have cleared up, as it has here in Treforest too. Back to rainy Wales it is!! This last week has been a bit more relaxing for me now that the majority of my coursework assignments have been submitted and I now have a while before my next deadline. So on Friday, I spent my day training in our Uni’s mock courtroom being trained to be an Expert Witness, so I thought I would use this week’s blog to tell you more about what that is and what I did.
An Expert Witness is someone who is deemed an expert in their relevant field of study, so in this case, Computer Forensics. Other examples could be a pathologist – someone who examines dead bodies following a death, much like on CSI, or if you watch NCIS, an example could be Duckie, although we never see him called to court to present his findings. Following a computer forensics investigation, we have to produce a report which clearly highlights our findings, and this will then help the case when it goes to court. On occasions though, we may be called into the court to be questioned.
Writing this report in a clear manner is critical as it ensures that the court can read it, understand all of it and then use it to aid the case. This means we are not allowed to use any geek language etc – everyone must be able to read it! So actually, there is a very particular way to produce a professional report which ticks all the boxes, and we spent quite some time being trained by an external professional law company on how to produce top-quality reports. This was completely paid for by the university too which helps 🙂
In under two months time, I’m due to have my next courtroom training day with the same law company, but this time we will be cross examined by a barrister following on from our case report. This module is a group/team effort thankfully so we aren’t on our own, and it is no doubt going to be great fun watching some of our course mates get ruined by the barrister:)
This is such a good bit of training for those of you who are interested in studying Computer Forensics here at the Uni of Glamorgan – it really does help prepare you for a job as a computer forensics investigator if that is the path which you want to pursue! Oh and you have to get fully suited up too – an excuse to go suit shopping and turn up looking like a boss!
If anyone has any questions about what an Expert Witness is or what my training was like then get in touch! Find me on facebook: ‘James Moos Glamorgan’ and send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as! I hope you all found this interesting, no matter what you’re hoping to study!
In other news, my world record attempt is progressing well (plenty of work to do for it), but as the new month approaches, so does our website update and newsletter, which has A LOT of very exciting news so do keep your eyes peeled if you are interested to know! You can follow it on @RIBChallenge on twitter, or subscribe to receive the newsletter from our website here. Anyone who follows the links up and has a look – it is much appreciated, so thanks! All the team are working extremely hard to make this world record attempt a reality and there is nothing better for us than to see plenty of people coming and having a look around the website:) our release with the latest big news will be on 1st Feb.
I hope you all have a great week and I’ll be back in a week! Cheers, J x
“Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use.” – Ruth Gordon