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  1. MODULE 27Testifying in Court

  2. TESTIFYING IN COURT A. OBJECTIVE 1. 068: Identify or demonstrate the role of reports when appearing as a witness at adjustment/court proceedings.

  3. TESTIFYING IN COURT 2. 151: Identify or demonstrate the importance of professional appearance when appearing as a witness at adjustment/court proceedings.

  4. TESTIFYING IN COURT 3. 152: Identify or demonstrate the role of the prosecutor when appearing as a witness at adjustment/court proceedings.

  5. TESTIFYING IN COURT 4. 153. Identify or demonstrate procedures to insure adequate testimony when appearing as a witness at adjustment/court proceedings.

  6. TESTIFYING IN COURT 5. 154: Identify or demonstrate elements to avoid when being cross examined & procedures to follow when appearing as a witness at adjustment/court proceedings.

  7. TESTIFYING IN COURT B. Testifying in Court & Adjustment Hearings 1. Maintain a professional demeanor before, during & after the procedure 2. Be confident & convincing when presenting testimony

  8. TESTIFYING IN COURT C. Role of Reports 1. Reports provide answers necessary while giving testimony 2. Reports assist the witness’s memory & recall when testifying 3. To be of any benefit, reports must be well written, complete & intelligent

  9. TESTIFYING IN COURT D. Guideline for the Effective Witness 1. Rules before trial a. Review report(s) b. Review notes & any written statements taken as a part of the investigation

  10. TESTIFYING IN COURT 2. Confer with prosecutor a. Cooperation with the prosecutor begins before the trial b. Correctional employees must pass on to the prosecutor what they know

  11. TESTIFYING IN COURT c. The prosecutor will go over any expected difficulties with the employee

  12. TESTIFYING IN COURT d. The prosecutor will review the applicable rules of evidence such as hearsay and opinion e. The prosecutor will discuss the role of any evidence pertinent to the officer’s testimony

  13. TESTIFYING IN COURT 3. Rules on the Day of Trial a. Present a professional image b. Correctional employee’s attire is the first thing observed by others c. The attire affects how jurors perceive your credibility

  14. TESTIFYING IN COURT • Procedures to ensure a professional appearance *Be clean shaven *Be well groomed *Wear a clean, pressed uniform or suit

  15. TESTIFYING IN COURT e. Be on time f. Be available and ready to testify g. Leave immediately • Do not show approval or disapproval of verdict

  16. TESTIFYING IN COURT E. Elements to Avoid When Being Cross Examined 1. Don’t memorize your testimony 2. Don’t argue with counsel 3. Don’t attempt to “color” your testimony 4. Don’t avoid answering questions you feel will help the other party