Session 5: Witness Preparation

This session covers the basics of witness preparation including the leading practices in prepping both civilian and police witnesses. A distinction between prepping witnesses on assigned files versus prepping witnesses on the day of trial will be discussed. The importance of properly prepping police witnesses will also be covered.

Prepping witnesses is an important aspect of the proper presentation of a case and in the stress of hubub of running a trial list junior crowns often neglect to adequately prepare witnesses for trial. Officers and civilian witnesses benefit from proper preparation and the court benefits from a full and candid account.

This session was held on December 7, 2011 and was lead by Louise Tansey and supervised by James Cavanagh.

Civilian Witness Preparation Checklist