Expert witness training

Giving Evidence in Court (online course)

Giving evidence in court can be an intimidating experience – even for the most experienced medical professional.

Designed for clinicians taking on medico-legal cases, this course will help you develop your courtroom skills. You will learn how the court processes work and how to present your evidence clearly and effectively.

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Key elements of the course:

  • Top legal professionals and clinicians give their tips for giving evidence – including feedback from former High Court Judge Harris.
  • Observe a consultant give evidence under cross-examination and prepare a reflective piece with your findings.

Learning outcomes

On the course, you’ll:

  • learn about the court processes and how to prepare for your court appearance
  • learn how to give evidence clearly and effectively
  • develop tactics for dealing with challenge to your opinions.

Gain CPD points

This online training takes around four hours to complete. On completion of the course, you will receive a CPD certificate (for four hours).

Find out more about our other courses on Report Writing, the Conference with Counsel, and the Meeting of Experts.

Course overview

Giving evidence in court training

Dr Simon Fox KC takes you through the court process – looking at what you need to consider beforehand, giving evidence in court and what happens if it goes wrong.

Simon shares lots of practical advice to help improve your techniques should you be called to give evidence.

Former High Court Judge Harris KC then gives his view from the bench, with some useful tips on what a judge looks for in an expert witness. This part of the course concludes with some top tips from experienced expert witnesses Dr Tom Boyd and Mr Richard Kerr.

Role play – Professor Charles Hennessy

In this part, you watch three short videos which feature a consultant gynaecologist giving evidence under cross-examination. You will then have the opportunity to talk about good practice in the witness box.

For the next task, you put together and submit a short reflective piece on the content. For this task, you consider the performance of the expert and assess how this course has prepared you further for giving evidence in court.

Short assessment

In the final part, you complete our short multiple-choice questionnaire to consolidate your learning.

Feedback on our online courses

I would recommend the course wholeheartedly to busy clinicians who wish to develop their portfolios as expert witnesses in the next stage of their consultant career progression. The course broadens the mind, helps sharpen critical thinking, improves clinical acumen and helps you analyse complex information to arrive at balanced judgements. I can honestly say that it has improved my clinical practice that extra step further.

Dr Hari Subramaniam, Consultant Psychiatrist for the Elderly

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