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NCJ Number: 66498 Find in a Library
Title: COURTROOM SURVIVAL - THE OFFICER'S GUIDE TO BETTER TESTIMONY
Author(s): D RUTLEDGE
Corporate Author: Flag Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 188
Sponsoring Agency: Flag Publishing Co
Flagstaff, AZ 86003
Sale Source: Flag Publishing Co
P.O. Box 2846
Flagstaff, AZ 86003
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: WRITTEN BY A FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, THIS GUIDE TO POLICE COURTROOM TESTIMONY EMPHASIZES THAT SUCH TESTIMONY IS THE FINAL NECESSARY PHASE OF A POLICE OFFICER'S WORK ON A CASE.
Abstract: PRELIMINARY REMARKS INFORM THE OFFICER ON HOW TO THINK AHEAD TO THE TRIAL WHILE STILL WORKING IN THE FIELD, OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING FOR COURT, AND ABOUT THE WITNESS ROLE. REASONS FOR TESTIFYING AND SUGGESTIONS ON APPROPRIATE COURT DEMEANOR ARE GIVEN. DISCUSSION AND EXAMPLES OF 31 GENERAL RULES DEAL WITH HOW AND HOW NOT TO TESTIFY, WITH FOCUS ON STANDARD RESPONSES; TIMING; THE IN-COURT IDENTIFICATION; ANSWERING WITH BRACKETS; PROCEDURES INVOLVED WHEN OBJECTIONS ARE MADE; AND THE USE OF GESTURES, DIAGRAMS, AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. A TRANSCRIPT FROM AN ACTUAL TRIAL IS INTENDED TO SHOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO EXPECT IN PRELIMINARY TESTIMONY AND HOW THIS 'FOUNDATIONAL' QUESTIONING CAN ESTABLISH SUCH ITEMS AS JURISDICTION AND IDENTIFICATION AND CAN OUTLINE THE SCENE FOR THE JURY. QUESTION AND ANSWER TECHNIQUES AND EXAMPLES EXPLAIN TROUBLESOME OBJECTIONS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM, HOW TO HANDLE CROSS-EXAMINATION, AND A GENERAL APPROACH USED FOR ALL EXPERT WITNESSES. FINALLY, POINTERS DESCRIBE HOW BOTH POLICE AND PROSECUTORS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO BETTER COURT-ROOM PERFORMANCE AND MORE CONVICTIONS. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Courtroom decorum; Criminal proceedings; Cross-examination; Evidence; Exclusionary rule; Police court relations; Police legal advisers; Police records; Police Records Units; Police reports; Records management; Rules of evidence; Testimony; Witnesses
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