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Original publication February 7, 2018

Witness Preparation Also Requires Witness Training

by Ric Dexter

You’ve prepared your witnesses. You are sure they are comfortable with all the facts, but have they been trained to walk into a room with which even you are not familiar.

In court the Judge, the attorney, the witnesses, the plaintiff, and the defendant all appear in the same room. Perhaps more accurately they all appear to be in the same room. The Judge is in familiar surroundings, he is in his office. The attorneys are in their arena.

The plaintiff is in front of a group of strangers he must convince. The defendant is in front of a group who has control over his fortune if not his livelihood. Witnesses and parties often become aware of this dynamic only when they walk into the courtroom.

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