Conduct in court can have a significant impact on the outcome of a trial. It often seems important to behave respectfully, professionally and credibly if one wants to have the best possible chance of a positive outcome of the trial or not be seen as untrustworthy as a witness.

„Appropriate behavior“ can help the person appear more credible and respectful, while inappropriate behavior can cause the person to be perceived negatively and affect the outcome of the trial.

For example, in the U.S., many court proceedings that are favorable to a defendant depend on the use of expensive courtroom behavior consultants. In Europe, for example, sentencing also places value on a defendant’s subjective circumstances.

Here are some examples of how behavior in court can influence:

Credibility: If a person lies or is dishonest in court, it can affect his or her credibility. Credible testimony can help ensure that the court’s decision is in the person’s favor, while untrustworthy testimony can cause the court not to believe the person and rule against him or her.

Respect: behaving respectfully in court can help ensure that the person is taken seriously and respected. Disrespectful behavior, on the other hand, may cause the person to be perceived as unprofessional or inappropriate and this may affect the outcome of the case.

Image: courtroom behavior can also affect the person’s image. If a person is calm, courteous, and professional, this can help them be perceived as responsible and having integrity. Aggressive or rude behavior, on the other hand, may cause the person to be perceived as out of control or emotionally unstable.

Sentencing: a person’s behavior may also affect the sentence imposed by the court. A person who is remorseful and cooperative may help the court impose a more lenient sentence, while a person who is intransigent and uncooperative may cause the court to impose a harsher sentence.

Objective:

In this seminar, you will learn how to prepare yourself if you are summoned to a court hearing as a witness or as a defendant. You will also learn how court proceedings generally proceed and what behavior can lead to what consequences.

The training includes practical exercises in which participants can improve their skills.

The seminar focuses on teaching psychological finesse and procedures as well as questioning techniques and „correct“ responses.

It is important to note, however, that participation in such a preparation course does not guarantee that „a trial will be successful.“ However, good preparation can help the person involved become more confident and better able to argue his or her position and protect his or her rights.

Contents:

  • General procedure of a court hearing
  • Planning of testimonies
  • Questioning tactics- „Peace Model“ , „Reid Interviews“, „Cognitive Interviews“, „Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) Interview“.
  • Sources of error – Symptoms of lying -.
  • Pitfalls; Do’s and Don’ts
  • Practical exercises

The following questions are among others dealt with:

  • How can I effectively prepare for testifying in court?
  • How can I prepare for potential questions?
  • How can I use knowledge of questioning techniques to relay as much information as necessary or possible?
  • How do I respond to the use of different questioning techniques depending on the course of a court hearing?
  • How do I handle „disagreements“ during a deposition or interrogation?
  • How can I protect my personal rights in such situations?

You will learn to apply your knowledge specifically in practice.

Target group:

Every person who is interested.

Methodology:

Webinar online or class room training.

Interactive lecture, discussion, group work, practical exercises, case studies, reflection.

German or English.

Duration:

2 sessions Webinar online (Microsoft Teams), with 1,5 up to 2 hours and 2 sessions “Round Table”, discussions, questions and answers (voluntary, for whom who has questions)

or

class room training 3 hours.

Date by agreement.

Costs:

Webinar: EUR 210 per participant.

Class room training: EUR 2.100 plus travel costs.

Minimum 2 persons, max. 8 persons.

Certificate:

Of course, each participant receives a certificate of participation with a detailed description of the training content. Training materials will be provided as well.

Speaker:

Herbert Nuszpl

Kriminalrat a.D.

Diplom Verwaltungswirt (FH) pol.

Short CV

Company position:          Freelancer; TIICC Compliance

Trainings / Investigations / Interviews / Coaching / Consulting

Career overview:

Police Officer and Detective in Germany

PricewaterhouseCoopers WPG AG, Forensic Services KPMG AG, Forensic

Alvarez&Marsal GmbH, Dispute Analysis & Forensic Services

Drägerwerk AG&Co. KGaA; Compliance and Internal Audit

Core competencies / focus areas:

More than 40 years of experience in preventing and combating crime. Compliance investigations. Specialized in forensic interviews. Consulting and coaching in compliance matters. Training on compliance topics, investigation training and interview techniques.

Extended profile:

Many years of experience in compliance matters and the prevention of criminal behavior, in particular in the case of corruption, fraud, economic crime, FCPA, antitrust and data protection violations. Development and implementation of continuous, coordinated and business-integrated concepts and security standards for compliance and security areas of large global companies.

Introduction of compliance structures, including the development and implementation of compliance management systems, codes of conduct, compliance guidelines, compliance audits, compliance trainings as well as whistleblower systems.

Management and implementation of a large number of compliance investigations for public and private companies, e.g., DAX 30 companies. Worldwide international experience in Europe, South-East Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Asia, North, South and Central America.

Many years of experience in dealing with and cooperating with public authorities, including federal and state ministries, BaFin, federal and state criminal police offices, the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution and other authorities. Former member of the German Federal Police Commissions for Crime Prevention, Economic Crime, Corruption and Environmental Crime. Expert in court in a variety of criminal and civil proceedings. Participation in German legislative initiatives to combat corruption and the development of prevention concepts against white-collar crime.  Responsible for the areas of economic and environmental crime, corruption, auditing service of a federal state of Germany.

Development and conducting training courses and lectures on compliance topics, investigation training as well as training in forensic interview techniques for employees of internal audit, sales, finance, compliance and forensic departments.

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