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Effective & Ineffective Courtroom Communication

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 is 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. 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.

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 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.

A 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.

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1. About Effective communication - 100 words
2. Examples of effective communication in the courtroom - 100 words
3. Examples of ineffective communication in the courtroom - 100 words
4. Benefits and consequences - 100 words

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Courtroom Communication

According to Siers & Kramer (2009), effective communication in the courtroom in the case of lawyers representing their clients and arguing their positions can be broken down to 3 steps as follows:

"Step 1: Know the facts and details of the case.
Step 2: Decide what to focus on.
Step 3: Decide how to focus the jury on the details by showing them visual images that illustrate your conclusions."

Essentially, for Siers & Kramer (2009) effective courtroom communication means overcoming jury bias so that to obtain the verdict that one aims for, "at least nine jurors need to have the same mental image; the goal is for all the jurors to view the case in the same way as ...

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