NIJ Training: Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Analysts
This course provides information in the three lessons.
Communication Skills. Learn to choose the ideal modality for message delivery considering the purpose, location, and audience; effectively present
technical information verbally; organize thoughts and create an extended outline before writing; and organize papers using
Report Writing. Learn requirements for an STR (Short Tandem Repeats) DNA report and guidelines for writing a good STR DNA report.
Courtroom Testimony. Become familiar with courtroom structure and personnel within the court; basic courtroom procedures and protocols; rules
of evidence, discovery, and admissibility; general qualifications to testify as an expert witness; appropriate demeanor and
attire; how to present technical testimony and evidence; the ethical considerations when presenting DNA-related testimony
and the impact of providing faulty or erroneous evidence; and basic techniques for handling hostile attorneys
If you have taken any courses offered through DNA.gov, use your same login and password to access this course.