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NCJ Number: 65589 Find in a Library
Title: COURTROOM PERFORMANCE
Author(s): D ANDERSON
Corporate Author: Woroner Films
United States of America

Keyes/Hardin Productions
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Keyes/Hardin Productions

MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Woroner Films
North Miami, FL 33161
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FILM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS, PROCEDURE, AND DEMEANOR IN GIVING COURTROOM TESTIMONY AND IN REINFORCING THIS TESTIMONY.
Abstract: THE MAJOR CHARACTERS IN A COURTROOM ARE BRIEFLY PRESENTED, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THOROUGH WITNESS PREPARATION IN PRETRIAL INVESTIGATION IS EMPHASIZED. ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL PREPARATION ARE PRESENTED INCLUDING THE INITIAL MEETING WITH THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, THE ROLE OF THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY, AND THE USE OF ROLE PLAYING. DISCUSSION ON THE APPROPRIATE COURTROOM DEMEANOR FOR WITNESSES EMPHASIZES PROPER POSTURE, DRESS, AVOIDANCE OF NERVOUS GESTURES, AND GOOD EYE CONTACT WITH JURORS AND THE COURTROOM ATTORNEYS. A DISCUSSION OF WITNESS TESTIMONY EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF ANSWERING ONLY THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED; GIVING CONCISE, COMPLETE, AND TRUTHFUL ANSWERS; AND DEVELOPING AN IMPARTIAL ATTITUDE. SUGGESTIONS FOR WITNESS BEHAVIOR UNDER CROSS EXAMINATION INCLUDE PAUSING BEFORE ANSWERING, DEVELOPING A NEUTRAL TONE, KNOWING WHAT TO DO WHEN AN OBJECTION IS SUSTAINED OR OVERRULED, AND ANSWERING HONESTLY. DRAMATIZED COURTROOM SCENES FOCUS ON ONE OFFICER'S RESPONSE TO A CRIME AND HIS SUBSEQUENT APPEARANCE IN COURT. AN INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL ACCOMPANIES THE FILM. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR EXPERIENCED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS, PROSECUTORS, PRIVATE SECURITY OFFICERS, AND MILITARY POLICE PERSONNEL. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Court rules; Courtroom decorum; Films; Police court relations; Testimony; Trial procedures; Witnesses
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