Expert Witness: Criminal Court Proceedings (Level 4)

Unfortunately this event is cancelled.

This workshop aims to provide the participants with the knowledge needed to become a reliable and sought after expert witness in the criminal courts. This workshop adds further to the understanding of the requirements of the family court, the importance of the focused court report and appearance.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:00 Workshop ends


The work of expert witness psychologists preparing reports for the criminal courts is always a challenge as this is often the most adversarial of all the courts. This workshop examines the particular requirements for the criminal court. In addition the adversarial nature of criminal courts will be examined as it is in these courts that the tactic of attacking the professional and personal integrity of the Expert Witness is most likely to be used.

Attendees will discuss the particular rules of the criminal court and the duties of an Expert Witness. Best practice in report writing and court appearance for the criminal court will be discussed. The importance of providing a sound, balanced opinion taking into account the particular demands assessing those facing criminal prosecution will be emphasized throughout.

This workshop explores the requirements placed upon applied psychologists by the legal system when working as an expert witness in family court proceedings.

This is skills based training for psychologists acting as expert witnesses. This workshop is an advanced workshop which follows the series of three workshops offered to provide a strong foundation for providing services as an expert witness.

To attend Level 4 workshops delegates must have attended the previous workshops (Levels 1 to 3).

  • Expert Witness: Essential Knowledge of Being an Expert Witness (Level 1)
  • Expert Witness: Report Writing (Level 2)
  • Expert Witness: Presenting Court Room Evidence (Level 3)
  • Expert Witness: Using Psychometric Assessments for Court (Level 4)
  • Expert Witness: For Family Court Proceedings (Level 4)
  • Expert Witness: For Civil Courts (Level 4)
  • Expert Witness: For Criminal Courts (Level 4)

Learning outcomes and objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of being an expert witness in criminal court proceedings
  • Understand the importance of presenting both observational material and evidence based reports
  • Understand the link between a well written report and the expert’s experience in the witness box.

Facilitator: Susan van Scoyoc C Psychol CSci AFBPsS

Susan has acted as an expert witness as an applied psychologist for a number of years. She offers training in small group environments in order to assist psychologist colleagues to learn how to present their existing knowledge at its best in legal settings. Susan is a member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses as well as on the BPS registers for supervision, psychologists specialising in psychotherapy and psychometric testing.

Booking information


  • Non-Society members: £234 (£195 + VAT)
  • Society members: £156 (£130 + VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £252 (£210 + VAT)
  • Society members: £168 (£140 + VAT)
Tue, 03/12/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

BPS Learning Centre