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Professionals are often required to give expert evidence at courts, tribunals or arbitration proceedings. This can be stressful, especially for those with no previous experience. This course will provide a full picture of court procedure and tribunal procedure. It will also illustrate the various aspects of evidence and expert evidence such as hearsay evidence, burden of proof, standard of proof and relevance of evidence. Case studies will be used to demonstrate and simulate the cross examination of the witness in court.

Course Objectives

On completing this seminar, participants will be familiar with the following:

  • Court/tribunal procedures
  • What witnesses/experts should avoid in court proceedings
  • How witnesses/experts should prepare for court hearings
  • Questioning skills of lawyers in examination and cross examination
  • Concepts of evidence, admissibility and relevance
  • Privileged and "without prejudice" evidence

Target Participants

Professionals who required to give expert evidence at courts, tribunals or arbitration proceedings.

Course Contents

  • Jurisdiction of Courts
  • Tribunals
  • Court Case Management
  • Preparations for Trial
  • Witness Statements
  • Trail Procedure
  • Expert Witness & Qualifications
  • Expert Report
  • Expert Duties
  • Dos & Don'ts of an Expert
  • Cross Examination Skills
  • Advocacy
  • Appeal
  • Criminal Offence
  • Mens Rea and Actus Rea
  • Strict Liability
  • Absolute Liability
  • Statutory Defence
  • Jurisdiction of Magistrates and higher courts
  • Hearsay Rules and its exceptions
  • Court Procedure
  • Plea Bargain
  • S.65B & 65C of Criminal Procedure Ordinance
  • Memory Refreshing
  • Identification
  • Confession / Voire Dire
  • Previous inconsistent Statement
  • Cautioned Statement
  • Exhibits
  • Sentence
  • Costs


Certificate of Attendance

Medium of Instruction

Cantonese supplemented with English