Giving Evidence Masterclass

Moot Court

McGrathNicol and Holding Redlich in conjunction with Victorian Forensic Accounting Roundtable will present a Giving Evidence Masterclass at the Moot Court facility of the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

The masterclass will cover theoretical concepts and practical application and will include a moot court where four witnesses will be examined, cross examined and re-examined by professional members of the Victorian Bar. A retired judge will give a presentation and preside over the moot court. The case study will be a workplace fraud matter in the criminal jurisdiction based on a real case.

The masterclass will cover:

  • Overview of the legal system distinguishing criminal and civil jurisdictions

  • Legal proceedings (roles of judge, jury where involved, witnesses, counsel, court staff etc)

  • Admissibility of evidence (including admissibility of expert report as evidence)

  • Role of a forensic accounting witness

  • Overview of APES 215 Forensic Accounting Services and application

  • Distinguishing between Witness of Fact / Lay Witness / Expert Witness (and also Consulting Expert) as defined in APES 215

  • Opinion evidence as distinct from evidence of fact

  • The importance of a letter of instruction to act

  • The requirement for independence

  • Preparing an expert report including structure and content

  • Rules of Court regarding expert witnesses (as distinct from requirements of APES 215)

  • Attributes of a competent expert witness

  • Expert witness case law (where expert testimony has been rejected / discounted and the consequences)

  • Facilitated panel discussion (retired judge, two professional expert witnesses and legal counsel)

The masterclass represents 6.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education for attendees. It will be beneficial for investigators and forensic accountants whose work outputs may ultimately be required or used in legal proceedings particularly where they may be called as a witness.

When: Thursday 29 February 2024, 9:00am-4:30pm

Where: Melbourne Law School Moot Court, Level 5, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Cost: $1,145 (plus GST). Catering included. An invoice will be emailed upon registration.