Testifying in Court: What You Need to Know


While it is unlikely that a lawsuit will be filed against you or the organization or agency you work for, it is becoming more commonplace with each passing year. You need to be aware of this possibility and be prepared to testify in court. This course provides information about preparing for trial, courtroom etiquette, the rules of evidence, and the importance of following policy. It presents strategies and tactics that will help you in the court setting. NOTICE: This course is not intended to give you legal advice or to take the place of legal counsel from an attorney at law. It will not equip you to represent yourself in court. Always seek competent legal advice when faced with court action.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


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.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707

Course Details

Course Code: REL-CLE-0-TCWYNK
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain why following your agencys policy is important.
Describe specific pretrial and trial preparation tactics.
Demonstrate appropriate courtroom etiquette.
Identify the differences between the various rules of evidence.

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!

Expert Reviewer: Tracey Dollison Decker, JD
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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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