Fully Accredited Program Advanced Trial Techniques, Evidence Presentation and Witness Cross Examination Strategies

Trial techniques, evidence presentation, and witness cross-examination are intricate skills that can make or break a case. Research indicates that 26% of jurors have difficulty comprehending evidence, while 44% are influenced by an attorney's courtroom conduct. Given the high stakes and potentially life-altering consequences, mastering these complex arts is crucial for effective legal advocacy.

The certified program is meticulously designed to equip you with essential skills for effective courtroom advocacy and persuasive case presentation. This comprehensive program covers intricate aspects of trial advocacy, evidence handling, and witness examination, enabling you to navigate complex legal proceedings with confidence and finesse. Through an in-depth exploration of topics such as the fundamental principles of advocacy, case strategy development, and the art of storytelling in legal contexts, you will enhance your advocacy skills, improve your strategic planning, and refine your ability to present compelling narratives in court.

The program offers invaluable insights into jury engagement techniques, witness preparation, and the nuances of direct and cross-examination. Additionally, you will learn effective presentation of exhibits, use of courtroom technology, and techniques to introduce supportive evidence while challenging opposing arguments, thereby crafting persuasive case presentations.

Additionally, this program covers meticulous case preparation, cross-cultural communication, and the ethical responsibilities of legal professionals. It enhances your understanding of psychological and cultural factors influencing jury decisions and witness testimonies. This comprehensive approach not only equips you with tactical skills but also strengthens your overall courtroom strategy to resonate with diverse audiences, fostering a deeper connection with jurors and maximizing witness credibility.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will attain the Certification in Advanced Trial Advocacy. This distinguished certification will demonstrate your expertise in courtroom advocacy, evidence presentation, and witness examination strategies, thereby enhancing your legal practice. Globally demanded and recognized, this industry-recognized certification also holds lifelong validity and will elevate your courtroom presence, enabling you to navigate complex legal environments with poise, strategic acumen and proficiency.

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This program will entitle you:

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  • Experience 2 days of instructor-led live program and comprehensive learning on mastering the intricate art of conducting an effective trial within the adversarial legal system, enable you to apply sophisticated trial skills, improve client outcomes, and contribute to the advancement of justice with increased confidence and competence.
  • Attain the industry-recognized Certification in Advanced Trial Advocacy. This certification will amplify your professional qualifications and demonstrate your holistic understanding in effective trial advocacy and case presentation.
  • This intensive training provides an unparalleled opportunity to elevate your courtroom prowess, equipping you with the invaluable skills and strategies to navigate the complexities of the adversarial process with unwavering confidence and precision.
  • For inquiries, chat with our Program Advisers at [email protected] or call us at
    • Singapore and Asia Pacific: +65 6716 9980
    • Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9909 7310
    • UK, Europe and Middle East: +44 (020) 335 57898
    • USA: +1 888 745 8875



This program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications, which maintains the governing standards for all professionals who have completed this program.

The content of this program has been fully certified and accredited by CPD Certification Service as conforming to Continuing Professional Principles. CPD is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognized independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles.

What Can You Expect

The art of trial advocacy requires tactical skills, such as delivering opening statements, and examining witnesses, with strategic integration to drive desired outcomes. Mastery of these elements can boost trial success rates by over 40%. Understanding and mastering these complex skills are vital for legal professionals aiming to elevate their legal practice and achieve superior outcomes in complex legal scenarios. 

This certified program thoroughly explores the foundational principles of legal advocacy, equipping you with the necessary tools and strategies to maneuver through the complexities of courtroom proceedings with finesse. You will gain invaluable insights into gathering supportive evidence, challenging opposing views, and understanding both inquisitorial and adversarial legal systems to bolster your case's impact.

This program will delve into the nuances of legal advocacy, providing the skills needed to navigate complex courtroom dynamics effectively. You will explore the differential burdens of proof in civil and criminal contexts, tailoring your advocacy approach to each case's specific demands. Through strategic techniques for jury engagement, you will formulate and execute compelling case theories that resonate with juries. Mastery in introducing exhibits and leveraging courtroom technology will enhance your case presentation.

Throughout the program, you will learn the tactical aspects of trial advocacy, such as selecting jurors, preparing witnesses, and constructing persuasive narratives. Essential legal concepts, including the differences between civil and criminal cases, and the strategic use of questions to control courtroom proceedings, will be covered. Finally, by mastering the nuances of direct and cross-examination techniques, including constructive and destructive questioning methods, you will learn to extract vital information effectively while systematically dismantling counterarguments with precision and tact.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will attain the Certification in Advanced Trial Advocacy, enhancing your professional credentials and demonstrating your expertise in handling complex courtroom dynamics, strategic case formulation, and witness examination. This industry-recognized certification offers lifelong validity and not only affirms your expertise in advanced trial techniques but also enhances your standing in the legal community, ensuring that you are well-prepared to meet the demands of high-profile and challenging cases.

Key Skills You Will Gain

  • Trial Techniques
  • Case Strategies
  • Case Preparation
  • Examination-in-Chief
  • Cross-Examination
  • Re-Examination
  • Persuasive Opening Statements
  • Opening & Closing Speech
  • Closing Arguments
  • Case Theory Advancement
  • Dynamics of Trial Advocacy
  • Jury Selection
  • Witness Handling
  • Evidence Summarization
  • Leading & Closed Questioning
  • Piggy-Back Questioning
  • Cross-Examination Techniques
  • Witness of Fact
  • Burden & Standard of Proof
  • Inquisitorial and Adversarial Systems
  • Witness Credibility
  • Understanding Jury Psychology
  • Technological Integration
  • Evidence & Exhibits

Your Faculty Director

Sam Makkan
Sam Makkan
Highly Distinguished International Legal Expert and Justice Specialist

Sam Makkan is a highly distinguished international legal expert and justice specialist with over three decades of experience in trial advocacy and legal training. Called to the Bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1987, Sam has served extensively as a prosecutor, senior prosecutor, and higher court advocate. Throughout his career in England & Wales, he has adeptly managed a wide range of cases, including those with profound legal, evidential, and factual complexities.

As a seasoned trainer, Sam has delivered intermediate and advanced trial advocacy courses in the UK, enhancing the skills of numerous legal professionals. His expertise extends to international consultancy for major global agencies, contributing to rule of law initiatives, judicial reforms, and justice sector development programs in various countries. Sam is also a nominated member of the Independent Ethics Committee for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, providing essential ethical and policing advice to the Deputy Mayor’s office. An accomplished author, his deep commitment to justice is reflected in his training methodologies, emphasizing the incorporation of "fair trial" principles.

Advanced Trial Techniques, Evidence Presentation and Witness Cross Examination Strategies Program Agenda

Module 1 - Principles of Legal Advocacy
Module 2 - Advanced Trial Techniques
Module 3 - Effective Jury Communication and Engagement
Module 4 - Examination-in-Chief (Direct)
Module 5 - Advanced Cross-Examination
Module 6 - Re-Examination
Module 7 - Advanced Questioning Techniques
Module 8 - Closing Speech
Module 9 - Case Preparation
Module 10 - Judge & Jury
Module 11 - Different Types of Witnesses
Module 12 - Ethics & Etiquette

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand Legal Advocacy: Grasp the fundamentals of acting as an "officer of the court" and navigating both inquisitorial and adversarial systems.
  • Master Burden & Standard of Proof: Learn to differentiate and apply the burden of proof in civil and criminal cases.
  • Develop Case Strategies: Acquire skills to develop and advance coherent legal strategies tailored to case specifics.
  • Engage Jurors: Learn techniques for effective jury engagement that make complex cases relatable and understandable.
  • Introduce Courtroom Technology: Gain practical experience in using technology to present evidence clearly and persuasively.
  • Master Jury Selection: Understand the strategies behind selecting jurors who are best suited for your case's narrative.
  • Prepare Witnesses: Learn methods for preparing witnesses to deliver testimony that supports your case strategy.
  • Craft Persuasive Narratives: Develop skills in constructing narratives that resonate deeply with jurors.
  • Conduct Direct and Cross-Examinations: Master the nuances of both direct and cross-examination to shape jury perception.
  • Enhance Case Presentation: Integrate compelling legal theories and evidence into a seamless presentation.

Certification in Advanced Trial Advocacy

Upon successfully attending this program, you will be awarded with the Certification in Advanced Trial Advocacy that can be used in your resume, CV and other professional credentials. This certification is industry-recognized with lifelong validity. Globally demanded and recognized, this certification showcases your mastery in navigating intricate legal proceedings, thereby bolstering your credibility and effectiveness as a courtroom advocate. This program is developed by Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications and the content of this program has been certified by CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional principals.

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Dates: 13 - 14 Jan 2025

Venue: Online Executive Program (via Zoom)

Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
10:00am - 5:30pm Central Standard Time (CST)
11:00am - 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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By 08 Nov 2024 By 20 Dec 2024 After 20 Dec 2024
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Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat (1 discount scheme applies)

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You can download our program brochure below. If you have any inquiries on this program, please contact our Program Advisor at [email protected] or call us at:

  • Singapore and Asia Pacific: +65 6716 9980
  • Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9909 7310
  • UK, Europe and Middle East: +44 (020) 335 57898
  • USA: +1 888 745 8875

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