Expert Witness Training

 
For further information and enrolment: Contact Jackie on 029 2041 6841 or JMichell@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Course Length:
2 days

Entry Requirements: None, this is practice specific training

Course Content: This is a two day course which aims to provide practitioners with the skills required to become expert witnesses. The focus of the training is on providing written and oral evidence in legal settings and quasi legal settings (including Parole Board Oral hearings and Mental Health review Tribunals). The course assists practitioners to become expert in the content and process of expert witness and trains delegates in the legal requirements for providing defendable evidence. Delegates are taught the correct procedure for giving defendable evidence and how they can prepare for this.

There is focus on the questioning techniques used by Barristers (Steve Gwenlan practices as a Barrister) and solicitors and effective methods of responding.

Course Objectives: This is a two day course which aims to provide practitioners with the skills required to become expert witnesses. The focus of the training is on providing written and oral evidence in legal settings and quasi legal settings (including Parole Board Oral hearings and Mental Health review Tribunals). The course assists practitioners to become expert in the content and process of expert witness and trains delegates in the legal requirements for providing defendable evidence. Delegates are taught the correct procedure for giving defendable evidence and how they can prepare for this.

There is focus on the questioning techniques used by Barristers (Steve Gwenlan practices as a Barrister) and solicitors and effective methods of responding.

Course aimed at: The course is aimed at all professionals who may be required to attend and provide evidence at Court (including Parole Board or MHRT) as a professional or expert witnesses. The course is primarily aimed towards those who work with forensic populations, (offenders or mentally disordered offenders).

Programme Leader: Nic Bowes

Trainer Profiles: The course is run by Professor Jane Ireland and Steve Gwenlan

Professor Jane Ireland: Is a Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with over 13 years experience in the provision of psychological assessments. Professor Ireland is a University accredited expert witness and represents on the Family Justice Interdisciplinary Committee and Experts Subcommittee at the Royal Courts of Justice. She is also Chair of the British Psychological Society Advisory Committee on expert witness.

Steve Gwenlan: Steve is a practicing Solicitor and has been a member of the Children Panel for the Solicitor Regulation Authority in England and Wales for over 20 years. He has been practicing law for 34 years and is experienced in cross examining expert witnesses in a variety of Court settings, including Magistrates, County and the High Courts. He has experience of criminal and civil cases and his specialism is family and care proceedings and for over 20 years he has represented children in this setting and also in more complex private civil cases involving children.