(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Someone who is skilled at forensic video analysis is not automatically a good expert witness. To help prepare analysts for the witness stand, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a comprehensive seminar during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. With a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and moot courts, “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” will cover topics that are essential to understanding the role of an expert witness.
Designed to teach experts how to give effective testimony, both in direct and in cross, the three-day seminar will define the role and limits of the expert witness, present keys to effective communication with juries, and offer best practices for delivering testimony. Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C., Crown Prosecutor for Alberta Justice in Alberta, Canada, will teach the course. A major crimes prosecutor, he has been leading and challenging expert testimony for more than 25 years, and has been teaching a variety of courses for police officers and forensic specialists since 1989.
“The courtroom can be a very intimidating place,” Hak explained. “The skills required to be an expert in forensic science are completely different from the skills required to be an expert witness. Understanding the dynamics of courtroom testimony will help an expert to be more comfortable in the witness stand, give better evidence, anticipate lines of questioning, know how to handle difficult cross examination, and stay within proper limits.”
“Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” runs Sept. 9-11 and is open to anyone who testifies in an expert capacity, not just forensic video analysts. The seminar also fulfills the 24-hour Courtroom Training requirement for the LEVA Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program, but enrollment is limited.
LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.
LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.