Toronto, Ont. – The Advocates’ Society, a national association of
judges, lawyers and advocates, and an advocacy skills training
provider, introduces the first annual training program for expert
witnesses from all industries and professions.
This first event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, from April 28-April 30 at the Park Hyatt Hotel.
The Advocates’ Society has trained over 600 lawyers in expert evidence over the last decade – now, this not-for-profit group is reaching out to the public and providing training for those who may be called as expert witnesses in their fields.
With an ever-increasing demand for courtroom savvy experts in all areas of litigation, the National Expert Witness Academy was born. This is Canada’s only three-day certificate program covering law, procedure, written evidence, and court room skills for experts.
The program will be delivered annually, each year in a different Canadian city, and brings together novice and veteran practitioners from all disciplines at a one-to-four teaching ratio with a highly skilled faculty of lawyers from Canada’s top law firms – such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and GowlingLaFleurHenderson – as well as leading professionals from the fields of business, engineering, medicine/health care and science.
Participants will find themselves courtroom-ready, benefiting from realistic, practical exercises that will improve skills and build confidence. Participants will learn: differences between courts and tribunals; how and when to prepare to testify; roles, duties and conflicts of the testifying expert; how to introduce yourself and your expertise; how to survive cross-examination; and, how to write better reports, with hands on workshops and breakout groups for participants from different professional disciplines.
Attendance is recommended for health care personnel in general, and especially those who are accident and injury experts, insurance experts and science and engineering experts. Individual professionals may choose to attend, and/or group practices/businesses may choose to send one or two representatives from their group.