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Some would argue that there is no more important place for effective communication—especially when a forensic psychology professional is involved—than when in the courtroom and on the witness stand. Indeed, what gets communicated within the courtroom could lead to life and death decisions.
The concept of communication in the courtroom is used broadly, meaning that it is more than just what is verbalized. Communication in this context also refers to nonverbal communication, including the type of clothing worn, body language, voice tone and inflection, and facial expressions—all of which may impact the delivery and/or perception of testimony.
In this Discussion, you focus on effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom. Regardless of what may be said in testimony, a message is always conveyed. The question that remains, though, is whether what was intended to be communicated is what is actually communicated. This point is imperative for a forensic psychology professional to remember, whether testifying personally or when preparing witnesses to testify.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review Chapter 6 of your course text Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice. Consider the elements of both effective and ineffective verbal communication (oral and written).
- Review the article “What Do We Really Know About Witness Preparation?” Think about the process of witness preparation and how it relates to effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom. Then consider how witness preparation impacts the benefits of effective communication and consequences of ineffective communication in the courtroom.
- Review the article “Witness Preparation Training With Real and Simulated Criminal Defendants,” and think about aspects of effective communication that are relayed in witness preparation, as well as what benefits they may produce. Also, consider the consequences of ineffective courtroom communication that may result from a lack of witness preparation.
- Review the assigned chapters in your course text Coping With Cross-Examination and Other Pathways to Effective Testimony, and think about the potential benefits and consequences of effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom.
- Review the course media, “Chapter 5,” and focus on strategies for effective communication in the courtroom.
- Review the course media, “Criminal Trial” and “ Civil Trial.” Select two examples of effective communication and two examples of ineffective communication in the courtroom. Then think about the potential benefits of the effective communication examples you selected, as well as the potential consequences of the ineffective communication examples you selected.
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 4
Post a brief description of the examples of effective and ineffective communication in the courtroom that you selected (two examples for each). Then analyze and explain the potential benefits of the examples of effective communication and the potential consequences of the examples of ineffective communication you selected. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your points.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources..