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Effective testimony should impart accurate and unbiased information to the trier of fact (either a judge or jury) in a manner that can be readily understood. At times, this may include not only what is said, but how it is said. Both verbal and nonverbal communication is integral in the courtroom and must be effective in order to ensure that the correct understanding is derived by the trier(s) of fact. In this Application Assignment, you hone your skills in recognizing effective communication skills in the courtroom.

focus on effective examples of the following communication strategies in the courtroom:
Impression management
Persuasion skills
Appearing credible
Style of dress
Powerful speech
Reflections based on careful and accurate listening
Notice how these strategies contribute to the effectiveness of communication in the courtroom.

Provide examples from the video programs " Criminal Trial" and "Civil Trial" of the following communication strategies:
Impression management
Persuasion skills
Appearing credible
Style of dress
Powerful speech
Reflections based on careful and accurate listening
Analyze and explain how and why each strategy contributed to or was an example of effective courtroom communication.
Be specific and use references from this week's Learning Resources.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources use

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Dear Student,
Thank you for your patience. The solution below should get you started. Essentially this task asks you to reflect in communication strategies in the courtroom. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. On court communication - 100 words
2. Communication strategies - 100 words
3. Specific examples - 100 words
4. Reflection on listening - 100 words
5. Contribution to outcome - 100 words

This outline should yield 500 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Effective Communication in the Courtroom

According to Cowles (2011), "in any courtroom a great deal of communication occurs: the witnesses, clients, attorneys, jury members, and judges all communicate amongst themselves. Attorneys, in particular, are essential in the outcome of a court case. They communicate all of the facts of the case, along with their client's arguments, to the judge and/or jury that rules on the case." Essentially, the communication or public speaking skills of a courtroom lawyer is deeply influential in connecting to the jury, the judge and all who take interest in the case, especially if it was a televised proceeding. This was exemplified, according to Mills (2004) Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 where persuasive arguments, communication strategies, character credibility, powerful speeches and even style of clothing impacted opinion and moved the jurors, judges as well as the TV-watching audiences towards a position. Essentially, what is employed are communication strategies as in the courtroom (Sher, 2014), "A speaker attempts to persuade a listener to accept a request by presenting ...

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