Due to the pandemic, this popular face to face programme is moving to a new virtual format, running over two sessions, and including statement writing. 


To be confirmed.

Course outline

Session one (3.5 hours):

  • Introductions and compliance (20 minutes): Introduction to the training and explanation of the rules for courtroom skills training (reference to Momadou & Limani).
  • Experts and professional witnesses (30 minutes): We review the distinction between the two types of witnesses, and the rules and expectations for both. We will deal with how and why pressure may arise for professional witnesses to be asked to give expert evidence, and how to deal with such situations.
  • The process of getting to trial (50 minutes): We take an overview of the criminal justice process. This covers how the venue for a trial is determined, how cases are listed and how the parties learn about each other’s case through disclosure, and agree evidence where possible.
  • Break (20 minutes)    
  • The trial process (30 minutes): Who’s who in the courtroom, etiquette, contact with counsel and some trial and courtroom terminology.
  • Attitude and mindset for a good witness (30 minutes): We look at how to mentally prepare, and how to approach the job of communication in the courtroom (in overview).
  • Introducing our scenarios and prep for next time (30 minutes): We review the scenarios, and set the task of writing a statement (or part of one) for next time.

NB: in the two weeks between sessions, delegates will be required to carry out some homework in the form of draft statement writing.

Session two (3.5 hours):

  • Individual performances (70 minutes): We ask delegates to perform a presentation about an element of their professional role, or to persuade on a different topic of their choice. We will look carefully at all the rhetorical devices of persuasion and influence displayed through these performances.
  • Examination-in-chief (30 minutes): We move from these performances into a more specific review of some of the particular issues for witnesses in direct examination.
  • Break  (20 minutes)     
  • Cross-examination theory (40 minutes): We look at the cognitive psychology of cross-examination, including the pressures of ‘anchoring’ and ‘consistency’.
  • Cross-examination practice (50 minutes): Delegates will prepare and perform sections of cross-examination for each other – using the techniques outlined in the last section – and using the statements written from the scenarios in session one.


• £315
• Courtroom Confidence training is included within The Havens Introductory Training Course in Sexual Offences Medicine (£1,295 for five day course, plus Courtroom Confidence training)


To attend this course, please download and complete The Havens Education course booking form (pdf) and:

  • email to kch-tr.havenseducation@nhs.net; or
  • post it to: Training and Stakeholder Engagement Team, The Havens, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS.