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CANCELLED!! Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses Course

June 15 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm

Hosted by Michigan State Police

Training location: 7150 Harris Drive

Dimondale, MI 48821

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This three-day course is specifically designed for experts (and experts in training) in ANY area of expertise.  Specific examples and moot court practice will focus on the areas of expertise represented by course participants.

OVERVIEW: An expert witness is a person with expertise in a particular field that exceeds the knowledge level of the trier of fact and who applies that expertise in a legal setting.  Becoming an expert witness in any field is a significant accomplishment.  It means that through your education, training and experience you have gained knowledge in a particular field of endeavor that is superior to that of the trier of fact.

From both a criminal and civil trial perspective, it is essential that a forensic expert be able to communicate that vital information in an effective and compelling manner so as to maximize its value.  The ability to do that is rarely innate and is something that can be learned and practiced.  This course is designed to teach experts how to become effective expert witnesses.

This highly rated course is dynamic and combines lectures, demonstration and moot court practice.

Since 2006, this course has been presented at various locations in Canada and the United States for federal and state investigative agencies, forensic laboratories, provincial regulatory agencies, provincial and municipal police services and other professional groups.

NOTE:  This course fulfills the 24 hour Courtroom Training requirement for the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program.

SCHEDULE:  Monday and Tuesday, 0800 – 1700.  Wednesday, 0800 – 1630


This course will provide participants with a substantial amount of useful and practical information.  Topics covered include the following:

  • Preparation for courtroom testimony
  • Drafting expert reports
    • Format
    • Content areas
    • Wording of opinions
  • The role of the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and jury
  • Trial procedure
  • Becoming qualified as an expert witness for the first time
  • Expert witness bias
  • Drafting curriculum vitaes
  • The role of the expert witness
  • Strategies for effective direct examination
    • Essential communication skills needed when presenting evidence to juries and judges (many areas are covered under this topic)
    • Visual, multi-modal presentation of evidence
  • Strategies for successfully handling cross examination
  • Changing opinions
  • Daubert and Frye hearings
  • The role of the expert witness when there is an opposing expert
  • Moot court practice


The instructor for this course is Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C. He has over 30 years’ experience as a major crimes prosecutor for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in Calgary, Alberta.  He has extensive experience prosecuting major crimes and specializes in legal issues involving expert witnesses and teaching law in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He holds a Diploma in Criminal Justice from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta; a Bachelor of Science Degree (with distinction) in Criminal Justice from California State University; a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C.; and a Master of Laws Degree from Cambridge University in England.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006.

Who Can Apply?   Employees of any international, federal, state/provincial, or local public safety agency including the Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Homeland Security, may apply.  Private industry applicants are also welcome to apply, space permitting.

Tuition: US$750.   NOTE: The seat is not guaranteed until tuition is paid.

Unless otherwise arranged with LEVA, students accepted to attend must pay the course fee by May 31, 2020.

Payment options are check, credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only), PO and wire transfer.  Detailed payment instructions will be provided after you are notified your application has been accepted.


Certificate: LEVA will issue a certificate to each student who completes the course.

Ground Transportation / Accommodations: Students are responsible for acquiring accommodations, ground transport from the airport to the hotel and training venue and return to the airport.

Air Travel: For those traveling by air, Capital Region International Airport (LAN) (Lansing, MI) is the closest airport. This is a smaller airport and is 10 miles or 15 minutes from the training venue.  Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is 90 miles or 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

Meals:  None provided though lunch is available for purchase on-site.

Application:  Register on-line by May 15, 2020. A response will be e-mailed out within 24 hours.trsining

REFUND POLICY: With the exception of war, government regulation, disaster, strikes or exigent circumstances, no refunds of tuition should be expected. However, in exigent circumstances, a refund may be applied minus a $25 service fee.

Essential Disclaimer
Graduates of the course receive a LEVA certificate indicating successful completion of the 24-hour curriculum. That certificate should NOT be interpreted as a certification of any type. The disclaimer and student’s signature on the course application further indicate they fully understand they are not receiving any certification from this course and must refer to this training as LEVA’s on their resume, CV or any discoverable document.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding this course or LEVA, contact Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, at (540) 842-1742 or email: training@leva.org


June 15 @ 8:00 am
June 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Jan Garvin


Michigan State Police HQ
7150 Harris Drive
Dimondale, MI 48821 United States