Preparing for Trial: What Witnesses and Experts Need to Know

Preparing for Trial: What Witnesses and Experts Need to Know
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-06-22
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Preparing for Trial
Unit 2 Recording: Preparing for Trial

In prosecuting animal cruelty offenses, success largely depends on the prosecutor’s witnesses testifying confidently and competently. (After all, our victims cannot take the stand for themselves!) Unfortunately, testifying in trial is not a natural-born skill, and individuals involved in the animal welfare community—animal service, veterinarians, and animal shelter staff—do not have nearly enough opportunities to practice it.

In this webinar, Oregon Animal Cruelty Deputy District Attorney Jake Kamins will give you the tips you need to present your testimony effectively and efficiently, always keeping in mind his “golden rule” (TELL THE TRUTH!) You will learn how to prepare for the big day, what questions to ask in advance, and how to keep yourself calm and composed even under the harshest cross-examination.


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Audience Comments

  • “Loved the clear, concise explanations of what a witness to a case must know and practice to sound credible if called to the stand to testify in court.” — Christine
  • “The most beneficial thing was thinking about the prospective of witnesses and explaining even the most basic parts of the judicial process.” — Chase
  • “I appreciated the examples used in testifying, and that it is okay to say, “I don’t know.” His confidence and expertise was much appreciated. ” — Elizabeth
  • “I like that his presentation applied to not only animal cases but any trial. Most of what he spoke about was applicable to my line of work in forensics.” — Jennifer
  • “It was helpful to explain the role of the prosecution and the defense. Many of the clients/victims that I work with are not aware the State’s Attorney is not their attorney.  This is something we often need to explain.” — Melissa
  • “This was a good refresher for an upcoming court hearing. I liked the way DDA took you through step by step even though I’ve been in court several times it’s always a good reminder of how to conduct yourself and be professional.” — Rick
  • “This webinar was really done well. Would like to hear more from the presenter. “– Susan
  • “Some specific examples of where a witness has made mistakes or followed the defense attorney down the proverbial rabbit hole. Things you have witnessed a witness say. I made mistakes in my early days and try to help the younger investigators not repeat them. Thanks. Great presentation.”  — Terry



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