ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR PROSECUTORS

Submitted photo / Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys CouncilThe Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council recently conducted a three-day trial advocacy training attended by more than 90 students, including prosecutors, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner nurses and forensic interviewers to prepare them for their first sexual assault trial. Lectures focused on corroborating allegations of abuse, preparing victims for testifying and working with experts on presenting cases. The course allowed them to practice testimony as the prosecutors practiced direct examination. “It’s hard for young lawyers to get real-life experience in trials other than throwing them straight into the courtroom,” said Jim Oliver, IPAC’s Chief Deputy of Criminal Law. “Our trial ad courses allow them to get comfortable with the many different features of a criminal trial.” Those in attendance included La Porte County deputy prosecutor Mary Lake, shown starting direct examination of an SANE nurse. 

ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR PROSECUTORS

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