May 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Archived Catalog 
2019-2020 Archived Catalog

CRJU-264 Court Testimony and Documentation

Credits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: Placement into RDNG-016  (ACSR-016); CRJU 161   and ENGL 101   with a minium grade of 2.0
A basic course focusing on the procedures and techniques of testifying in court as an investigator or expert witness. The course explores the written documentation of evidence visual aid preparation and the presentation of physical evidence. Course topics include the rules governing the admissibility of evidence; qualifications of scientific and other experts and legal issues relating to expert witnesses. Lecture discussion and simulated courtroom situations and use of presentation technology.

Course Outcomes
1. Understand their role in the trial process and improve their ability to persuade the court of their position or findings 2. Can prepare and then testify with competence and confidence 3. Can prepare written reports and other documentation relating to forensic and other physical evidence which supports investigative findings 4. Understand the basic laws and rules governing the introduction of evidence 5. Competently prepare visual presentation of evidence 6. Understand the differences in perspectives and goals between the attorneys and the expert witness, police officer, social worker, etc