Expert Witness Skills Lab
Full course description
Every forensic psychologist occasionally has to appear in court. When this happens, (s)he is faced with two basic problems: firstly, (s)he has to apply psychological knowledge in a legal context and, secondly, (s)he has to inform legal professionals such as lawyers and judges (who lack a thorough expertise in psychology) about the case at hand.
During this course, the following subjects are covered: the differences between judicial and psychological knowledge and ways of reasoning; the practical and ethical aspects of serving as expert witness; and training on how to serve as an expert witness and to write an expert witness report, as well as how to evade common misconceptions and complications.
Students are able to:
- follow and apply judicial reasoning;
- avoid expert bias;
- follow courtroom procedure;
- write an expert witness report;
- present an expert witness report in court;
- analyse a case or a case file;
- apply their knowledge of witness memory.