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Preparation for Presentation in Court

BB and I were tossing ideas around about Court presentation skills. We have always advocated SRLs joining Toastmasters to learn presentation, organisation and quick response skills. We have run a few role-play sessions for SRLs along the same lines but have always wanted to formalise this with proper regular sessions.

Presentation and methods will be similar to Toastmasters but totally weighted towards speaking in the Family Courts. Apart from cross examination, submissions, closing arguments etc most Court speaking is in bursts of two to three minutes often with fairly rapid 'thinking on the feet' required.

The idea is to teach people basic presentation skills, get them to practice and put them through the rough and tumble of a role play session.

(And the name (albeit subject to other suggestions) was a BB idea).

We have our own ideas about format but are open to listen to all practical suggestions from those experienced in this form of training (particularly related to the Courts) and those that will effectively be on the receiving end of the training

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EXCELLENT idea…  I am sure the courts will appreciate such training. It would be a good life experience just to do some more public speaking. :|

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This is a great idea as I need all the help that I can get, before I can get to court.

I suppose that for this to be really effective it may need to be very close to a court scene. (Just my opinion.)

When I needed :( help Dads In Distress was there for me:thumbs:.

Now I am there as a facilitator for other Dads In Distress.


A couple of people from SRL-Resources came along to Penrith DiDs last night to present "Courtmasters". The evening was a tremendous success. A few DiDs have cases pending in the Family Courts. All reported more confidence about what to expect in court as a result of the efforts of the SRL-Resources presenters. Thank you very much on behalf of DiDs.

For anybody who may be interested, on Tuesday 24/4/07, 7:30pm, DiDs Penrith (NSW) will be hosting a facilitator from Unifam to explain the Keeping Contact" program.

Should you wish to be present, please ring me on 0429 110 953 or email
I think what the evening proved was that we need to have these regularly with continuous role plays.

The Penrith 'one' was on a short notice because of several cases about to start, therefore it was not in any way the final design of the session's.

Our thanks to DIDS Penrith for arranging the venue  

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
There is often curiousity as to how Judges think and process what they hear in their courts.

The link below goes to a podcast on the ABC's Conversations with Richard Fidler interviewed Chester Porter.

It permits the program to be listened to or downloaded as a MP3 file.

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I found it informative, may it be so for you?

"Chester Porter is one of Australia's best known barristers, whose nickname at the bar was 'the smiling funnel-web' thanks to his legendary courtesy and forensic charm. He has often spoken out against wrongful convictions and brought to light all the forensic evidence blunders in the Lindy Chamberlain case. His new book is called The Conviction of the Innocent.

Chester also has concerns about the way witnesses and experts are judged on the stand. "There was a Court of Appeal decision [and] by two to one, the judges held that the demeanour of the expert witness could be used to judge whether the expert evidence was correct. Quite apart from experts, to judge any witness by demeanour is very risky."

He also believes a court case can be unfairly manipulated by underhand tactics. "If you appeal to the racial prejudices. If, perchance, you were appearing in court, and the chief witness against your client was an Aboriginal, to see if you could find anything the jury hated about Aboriginals and throw that around, that would be grossly unfair, and improper."

Criminal trials can be enormously stressful for the accused - a fact Chester believes it's important to bear in mind. "Very frequently the accused has to go into the witness box and in most cases, there's a person under enormous strain. It would be a most abnormal person who wasn't almost trembling with fear when they go in the witness box as an accused person."

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