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.
Below is one offering of FSCT 7010 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.
Wed Jun 14 - Wed Aug 16 (10 weeks)
- 10 weeks
- CRN 58512
Class meeting times
|Jun 14 - Aug 16||Wed||18:00 - 21:00||Online|
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Internet delivery format.
- Departmental approval needed
- Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
This course will be delivered synchronously ONLINE with a combination of pre-recorded and live classes. Note: This offering of FSCT 7010 is for those students who reside out of town/province and/or were unable to register for FSCT 7005. Under those circumstances, FSCT 7010 can be taken as a replacement for FSCT 7005. Approval to register must be confirmed with Forensics beforehand. Please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics.
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
The Expert Witness: Prepared for Court (FSCT 7010) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Computing and Academic Studies
- Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science Full-time
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