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o prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Chapter 6 of your course text Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice. Consider the elements of both effective and ineffective verbal communication (oral and written).
  • Review the article “What Do We Really Know About Witness Preparation?” Think about the process of witness preparation and how it relates to effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom. Then consider how witness preparation impacts the benefits of effective communication and consequences of ineffective communication in the courtroom.
  • Review the article “Witness Preparation Training With Real and Simulated Criminal Defendants,” and think about aspects of effective communication that are relayed in witness preparation, as well as what benefits they may produce. Also, consider the consequences of ineffective courtroom communication that may result from a lack of witness preparation.
  • Review the assigned chapters in your course text Coping With Cross-Examination and Other Pathways to Effective Testimony, and think about the potential benefits and consequences of effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom.
  • Review the course media, “Chapter 5,” and focus on strategies for effective communication in the courtroom.
  • Review the course media, “Criminal Trial” and “ Civil Trial.” Select two examples of effective communication and two examples of ineffective communication in the courtroom. Then think about the potential benefits of the effective communication examples you selected, as well as the potential consequences of the ineffective communication examples you selected.

 

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the examples of effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom that you selected (two examples for each). Then analyze and explain the potential benefits of the examples of effective communication and the potential consequences of the examples of ineffective communication you selected. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your points.

 

Cite from: Brodsky, S. L. (2013). Coping With Cross-Examination: and Other Pathways to Effective Testimony. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Siers, D. & Kramer, R. (2009). Effective Communication in the Courtroom. Executive

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