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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Courtroom Testimony Seminar
Course: AJS290BN

First Term: 1996 Fall
Lecture   1 Credit(s)   1 Period(s)   1 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Courtroom demeanor and protocol. Role and primary functions of witness and legal counsels

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Conduct him/herself in an appropriate manner in the courtroom. (I)
2. Communicate clearly and concisely with the judge and/or jury. (I, II, III, IV, V)
3. Anticipate the types of questions which an officer will encounter in the courtroom. (III, IV, V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Courtroom Demeanor
   A. Appearance
   B. Speech
II. Courtroom Procedures and Protocol
III. Presentation of Testimony
   A. Clarity
   B. Objectivity
   C. Brevity
   D. Being prepared
   E. Maintaining composure
IV. Common Tactics Used by Counsel
   A. Badgering
   B. Condescending attitude
   C. Suggestive questions
   D. Repetitious questions
   E. Reversing witnesses` words
   F. Rapid fire questions
V. Mock Court
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  12/12/1995

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