Are Your Witnesses Prepared?

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Course Overview

Witnesses can make or break a case, so it is crucial that witness familiarisation training forms a key part of your pre-trial preparation.

Ideal for criminal and civil practitioners who feel that they would benefit from a more structured approach when preparing a witness for trail, this practical 30-minute session will provide viewers with guidance in respect of the following:

  • How witness preparation will differ depending on whether you are dealing with a civil or criminal matter
  • Have covered everything on the list of issues?
  • Witness statements – Are yours up to scratch?
  • The Witness Conference - Are your witnesses familiar with the evidence and court procedure?
  • Oral Evidence - Preparing witnesses for cross-examination
  • How to offer guidance without coaching the witness and the importance of body language
  • Witness running order - Chronology or issue based?
  • How to deal with difficult witnesses

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have received useful hints and tips on how witness statements should be presented, how to reassure nervous witnesses and the tactics which can be employed to lessen the impact of potentially weak witnesses
  • • Know how to manage witness expectations effectively
  • • Understand why competent advocates avoid re-examination
  • • Feel confident when preparing a witness for trial

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for civil and criminal practitioners of all levels



About Instructor - Alastair Hodge

Alastair is a practising barrister at 5 Essex Court who specialises in all aspects of Employment & Education Law. Called in 1997, Alastair is also a Senior Advocacy Trainer for the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and has spent many years teaching students, pupils, junior practitioners and QC's the art of advocacy, both nationally and internationally. In 2014 he was appointed a Master of the Bench and in 2016 was appointed an Honorary Professor at Nottingham Law School. He is also an experienced after dinner speaker, comedian and mimic, and is renowned for his entertaining presentational style.

Course Curriculum


  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    20 Page


  • Quiz


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