Posted: 26 / 05 / 2020
A huge part of our role as Forensic Accountants is how we give evidence in court.
There may have been months of work writing your report and analysing the vast amounts of data, but if you don’t perform well on the day you could fail to get your point across to the judge or cause doubt about your findings to the jury.
In the last two years, the team have almost doubled in size and more of the team are now are going to be giving evidence in an ‘Expert Witness’ capacity. We already have a wealth of experience within the team of giving evidence in different courts ranging from the criminal courts to the High Court so the opportunity to stage one of our training courses within the court confines was a great way to not only offer training to team members who hadn’t given evidence yet, but also for those who had those experiences (good or bad) to share with each other.
I wanted to give the team a real feel for the court experience and the practicalities of who stands where and who to address when speaking. So I took the team to a real courtroom and delivered the whole training session from there. It was much easier in a court environment rather than trying to explain this in a training room scenario and much more engaging too.
Everyone had their turn in the box, swearing the Oath and of course we had to seize the opportunity of being the Judge, even just for a minute. The training packs were delivered in the form of a jury bundle, again just to create a more real life experience.
Why choose the court at Morley?
I have attended a training course here some time ago when I worked for West Yorkshire Police.
The Courtroom sits within the Town Hall – a Grade I listed building – and was constructed in 1885. One of the things I remember was how imposing the court felt. If you didn’t feel nervous walking to the box in this Court, then you’re probably faking it. Modern Courts are not as imposing or impressive for that matter. It is how you may imagine a court to be from films or TV and this is what it is mainly used for today. The court has appeared many times on Emmerdale.
By Emma Whitaker, Head of Civil at Bartfields Forensic Accountants