A presentation of expert forensic evidence in a commercial trial setting
Witness the presentation of expert forensic evidence in a Canadian commercial trial setting and the subsequent cross-examination of the expert. This trial emphasizes best and most professional practices, as well as the most common errors made by some forensic investigators. The participants, leaders in their respective fields, add a little humour to this informative session and allow time for a post-mortem at the end of the trial.
What you will learn:
- Common errors some experts make while delivering testimony in court
- Do’s and don’ts of providing testimony
- The need to be well prepared
- The need to simplify knowledge
- How to maintain credibility
- The need to be objective and thorough in all relevant reports and logs
Run time approx 2:30
Narrator Les Wittlin brings his expertise to both mock trials with his presentation of the case, and educational clips throughout. Les highlights best practices and common errors made, with clear and concise insight. These are learning tools like you’ve never seen before.
“The ACFI Mock Trial DVD was found to be a great training tool”
— Bruce Armstrong, Senior Investigator, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
“The DVD illustrates the need for experts to be well prepared and simplify their knowledge”
— Daryl-Lynn Carlson, Reporter (in her interview with John Rosen) Law Times / January 24, 2005
The Mock Trial DVDs can be viewed while following along with printable factums, reports and other materials which are also contained.
This Mock Trial “The Expert” was initially presented to the ACFI 6th Annual Fraud Conference on Monday, May 17, 2004, allowing attendees the rare opportunity to witness the presentation of expert forensic evidence in a commercial trial setting and the subsequent cross-examination of the expert. The trial emphasizes best and most professional practices, as well as the most common errors made by some forensic investigators. Please note that mistakes were purposely made in order to highlight such errors for training purposes and the viewer should not be under the illusion that several of the questions or comments asked or made would be part of a real case. Leslie A. Wittlin, LL.B., CFI of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, and past President of the ACFI Board of Directors, was the narrator for this session and, since the taping, has inserted further commentary.
Background Documents on CD:
Various background documents are referred to during the trial. We suggest you print these off prior to viewing the proceedings.
Exhibit A: Chart (1 page)
Exhibit B: Fact Situation (5 pages)
Exhibit C: Expert’s Report (12 pages)
Exhibit D: Expert Witness’ CV (1 page)
Exhibit E: Visa Statement (2 pages)
Exhibit F: Western Division General Journal Entries – extract (1 page)