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The Expert Witness: Prepared for Court FSCT 7010

Forensic Investigation Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course is designed for professionals in a variety of disciplines who may have to testify in a criminal or civil case. Technical competence is only the beginning of an expert witness' role. To be relevant, one's analysis must be effectively communicated to the trier of fact. The progression from crime scene to courtroom is described and analyzed by considering legal principles, actual court practice, trial strategies and moot court demonstrations.

Prerequisite(s)

  • 60% in FSCT 7002 or 60% in FSCT 7009
  • For those that have not completed FSCT 7002 or FSCT 7009, permission may be granted to working professionals whose subject-matter expertise may require them to testify in court as an expert witness.

Credits

2.0

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the adversarial nature of the trial process.
  • Discuss the roles of the Crown, defence and judge in the trial process.
  • Illustrate the practical application of legal principles in a trial situation.
  • Explain the basis of admissibility of opinion evidence.
  • Carry out the role of the expert witness in a trial situation.
  • Perform the activities essential in expert witness preparation from crime scene to courtroom.
  • Appropriately articulate his/her education and background in order to be qualified by the court as an expert witness.
  • Effectively and convincingly communicate information and opinion during direct and cross examination during moot trial.

NOTE: Outcomes 5-8 will be assessed during the moot court demonstration.

Effective as of Fall 2007

Related Programs

The Expert Witness: Prepared for Court (FSCT 7010) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Science Full-time

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