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Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses (online)

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 25 @ 5:00 pm

September 23- 25, 2024

LEVA membership is NOT required to take this course.

 The Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses course is now being offered in a virtual live format. We realize that traveling for training is still not feasible for everyone and so we are bringing the training to you!


 This three-day course is specifically designed for experts (and experts in training) in ANY area of expertise. Even though LEVA is presenting the course, it is not a forensic video analysis focused course. Specific examples and moot court practice will focus on the areas of expertise represented by course participants. Previous experience as an expert witness is not required, nor is LEVA membership.


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 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 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, demonstrations, and moot court practice. All these training elements are effectively delivered in the virtual live format. This course has been presented live 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 – Wednesday, 0800 – 1630. All times are Mountain Daylight Time, which will best accommodate all North American time zones. Participants from other countries are welcome to attend as well.


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
  • Peer review
  • 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 (CVs)
  • The role of the expert witness
  • Strategies for effective direct examination
    • Essential communication skills needed when presenting evidence to juries and judges
    • Visual multimodal 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


Jonathan W. Hak KC PhD is a barrister and solicitor who devoted over 30 years to his role as a Crown Prosecutor with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in Canada. He has extensive experience prosecuting major crimes and specializes in legal issues involving expert evidence, expert witnesses, and digital multimedia evidence. He teaches law in the US, Canada, UK, Singapore, and Europe.

Jonathan holds a Diploma in Criminal Justice from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta; a BSc (with distinction) in Criminal Justice from California State University; an LLB from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C.; and an LLM from the University of Cambridge in England. Most recently, he was awarded a PhD in Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands where his research focused on the use of non-textual evidence in international criminal prosecution. He is the author of Image-Based Evidence in International Criminal Prosecutions: Charting a Path Forward (Oxford University Press, 2024). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006.

Tuition: US$1,125.   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 August 30, 2024.

Payment options are check, credit card online (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.

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.

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

Application:  Register on-line.

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



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 Troy Lawrence, LEVA Executive Director, at Troy.Lawrence@leva.org


September 23 @ 8:00 am
September 25 @ 5:00 pm
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Troy Lawrence
(817) 247-0448