The Royal institution of Naval Architects will present two Expert Witness courses: Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills, in September 2001 at RINA Headquarters in London. The expert's report is a vital element of much civil litigation as the vast majority of actions are settled on the report alone. It must be clear, succinct, independent and well presented. Excellence in Report Writing course allows both new and experienced experts to look at what lawyers and the courts want from experts' reports. Delegates are taught how to assess others' reports and then how to assess your own.
The witness box is a lonely place. Many experts feel they are on trial, standing in the dock rather than giving independent testimony to assist the court. Our adversarial system means that cross-examination can be uncomfortable. Doubt is cast upon your experience, qualifications, methods and opinions. The Courtroom Skills training course is an intensive one-day, highly practical and experiential training. This is no mere lecture with hints and tips.