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Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Analysts


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Upon successful completion of this unit of instruction, the student shall be able to do the following:

  • Be familiar with the courtroom structure and personnel within the court
  • Be aware of basic courtroom procedures and protocols
  • Possess a basic understanding of the rules of evidence, discovery, and admissibility
  • Be aware of the general qualifications necessary before being allowed to testify as an expert witness
  • Be familiar with the appropriate demeanor and attire while providing testimony
  • Be familiar with the settings and how to present technical testimony & evidence
  • Be cognizant of the ethical considerations when presenting DNA related testimony and the impact of providing faulty or erroneous evidence
  • Possess basic techniques for handling hostile attorneys

Important Notice:

The laws, rules of evidence, and rules of procedure may vary from Court to Court and State to State. The analyst should always check with an attorney (normally the prosecuting attorney) before giving testimony to be aware of the particular law and rules applicable in the jurisdiction. The content of this module is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.

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