Courtroom Skills



Our courses, delivered by trainers, who have experience in courtroom environments, provide learners with the skills needed to present evidence in court in a professional, robust and credible manner.

RSL courses are bespoke to the needs of the client and can be stand-alone or form part of a broader development programme such as ICIDP.

Learning Objectives

Learners will leave these courses with an understanding of

  • Court structures / judicial frameworks
  • The roles within the court
  • Types of evidence
  • The role of a witness / expert
  • Credibility
  • Cross examination
  • Oral evidence
  • Legislation
  • Report writing


Course Length

  • 1 to 2 days


Featured Modules

  • The court structure  / the judicial framework
  • The course of a trial in the magistrates court / Crown Court
  • The layout of the court (Magistrates and Crown)
  • The role of the participants (judge, lay bench, counsel, clerks, ushers etc.)
  • The role of witness in court – types of evidence
  • Court etiquette (modes of address, initial procedure etc.)
  • Preparing for court – the ‘tool-kit’
  • Consent / Confidentiality / Rules of Disclosure / Ethics
  • Sufficiency of Evidence / Public Interest test
  • Familiarisation v Coaching
  • Expert witnesses
  • Right to a fair trial
  • Proportionality & necessity
  • What constitutes a credible witness – legal issues
  • Practical understanding of evidence in chief – crucial facts
  • Practical understanding of cross examination – coping under pressure
  • Re-examination
  • Tips on oral evidence
  • Scenario-based exercise
  • Officer of the court v representative of your organisation
  • Grounds for exclusion of evidence
  • CPIA


Course Suitability

  • Police
  • Immigration
  • Local authorities
  • Central government
  • Education
  • Health
  • Private organisations
  • Social services
  • community safety partnerships
  • Local safeguarding children’s boards
  • Prisons
  • Probation
  • Charities
  • Fire service

Please note, this course is not for individuals. We only deliver this course to organisations with 5 or more delegates.


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