This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
Section 1: Introduction A. Course Overview B. Learning Objectives C. A Note on Sources Section 2: Preparing for the Trial A. Introduction B. Testifying in Court C. Good Faith Defense D. Pretrial Preparation E. Review F. Be Ready! G. Communicating With Attorneys H. The Deposition I. Deposition Etiquette J. The Case of Billy Smith Section 3: Rules for Evidence A. Introduction B. How Evidentiary Rules Affect You C. Objection! D. Three Types of Evidence E. Relevant and Material Evidence F. The Hearsay Rule G. Two Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule H. Records I. Privileged Communications J. Opinion Evidence K. Other Types of Evidence L. Rules of Evidence and the Non-legal Professional M. Evidence Standards N. Reasonable Suspicion Standard O. Probable Cause Standard P. Preponderance of Evidence Standard Q. Clear and Convincing Evidence Standard R. Beyond Reasonable Doubt Standard S. Review T. Proper Preparation Section 4: In the Courtroom A. Courtroom Dress and Demeanor B. Basic Courtroom Etiquette C. Direct Examination D. Cross-Examination E. Don’t Take It Personally F. Leading Questions G. Questioning to Throw Witnesses Off H. The Purpose of Cross-Examination Questions I. Redirect Examination J. Guidelines for Testifying in Court K. What Happened? Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations!
Since receiving her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota, School of Law, Tracey Dollison Decker has worked as a violent crimes prosecutor for the state of South Dakota. She has tried nearly 100 jury trials ranging from misdemeanor assaults to sexual assaults and homicides. Tracey also works with law enforcement across the state, to help train in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and family violence. This training includes report writing and preparing for courtroom testimony. Tracey is also the chair of the training committee for the State’s Attorney’s Association of South Dakota, where she serves as a board member. Tracey also serves as vice-chair of the West River Human Trafficking Task Force for the state of South Dakota. Tracey has been active in efforts led by the State’s Attorney’s Association to strengthen South Dakota’s laws in the areas of sexual assault and family violence. Disclosure: Tracey Dollison Decker, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.