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The term witness preparation refers to any type of advice or training given to someone who is going to give sworn testimony with the intention of helping improve the quality of their testimony. All persons who might testify in court are potential candidates for witness preparation, including civil and criminal case defendants, plaintiffs, victims, experts, eyewitnesses, and other lay witnesses. Witness preparation may be used to prepare witnesses to testify during trial, but it is also used to prepare them to testify in pretrial depositions and hearings. Witness preparation is carried out by attorneys in most cases, but psychologists, communication specialists, acting coaches, and other consultants assist attorneys in preparing witnesses in some cases—especially high-profile cases.

The two main goals of witness preparation are to educate ...

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