Hey guys, hope you’ve all been enjoying the snow, and more importantly: easter holidays 😀 This week, as promised, I’m going to talk all about my experience doing courtroom training just a few weeks ago, and some of the things I learnt. Don’t forget, this was all part of my degree course and paid for completely by the university!
So we kicked off the training by talking about how the court systems work – so there are different types of court, different roles within the courtroom, and hierarchies to follow. This proved extremely important to learn about in order to perform adequately within the courtroom.
We also discussed what necessary attributes an Expert Witness should have – just a few of those we came up with included honesty, integrity, respect, and precise. Needless to say, there are plenty more, but my blog might end up a bit too long if I wrote them all out!
Next was discussing how cross examination works – the point where the opposition team try to ‘interrogate’ you on the stand and make your findings useless. They use a range of techniques, including trying to make you buckle to pressure on the stand, question your ability in your expertise area, or discredit you as a person. All of these are incredibly cunning, but by being taught the techniques a solicitor or barrister would use against us, it allowed us to learn how to avoid being caught out by these questions.
The final part was where things really kicked off – members of our course were then cross-examined by the barrister about coursework cases we had done. Needless to say, most of them got absolutely ruined! But there was plenty to learn from the experience, and some held their own very well in the witness box. Having that experience before having to do it in real life as part of your job is incredibly useful. I feel like if I had to go to court now as an Expert Witness, I could do it without getting too worried of my performance! After all, it is naturally a daunting thing.
For those reading this who might be interested in Computer Forensics as a degree – this is one of the reasons that really made Glamorgan stand out to me. It certainly makes you more employable at the end of your degree. If anyone has any questions, as usual please do send me an email and ask away! firstname.lastname@example.org . Cheers, J
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”