How to Testify




CPE Credit: 16
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques

Establish yourself as a consummate courtroom professional. Learn how to testify effectively on direct and cross-examination, basic courtroom procedures, and most important, tricks for surviving on the witness stand. 

Improve your techniques on how to offer testimony about damages and restitution while learning to know when to draw the line between aggressive testimony and improper advocacy. Walk away with more effective report writing skills and explore the different types of evidence and legal remedies in this two-day, instructor-led course.


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You Will Learn How To:  

Meet the qualifications to serve as an expert witness in a legal proceeding

Comply with the rules governing the content and procedure of expert testimony

Prepare the proper subject matter for testimony concerning fraud cases

Testify effectively before a judge and jury

Maintain credibility during cross-examination by opposing counsel 

Who Should Attend:  

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Controllers and corporate managers

Criminal investigators from local, state and federal agencies

Detectives and private investigators

Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants

Loss prevention and security professionals

Business managers and educators who may be called upon to testify in court

Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 

Ethics Icon  This course satisfies the ACFE’s requirement of two Ethics CPE hours per year. To read more about the Ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit



Members: $795
Non-Members: $945  
CPE Credit 



Field of Study
Specialized Knowledge 


Course Level


Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques 


Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 


  Day One  
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Qualifications for Testimony 

Effective testimony begins with the proper groundwork of investigation, preparation, disclosure, and practice. In this opening session, you'll learn how testimony is commonly used in fraud trials, and the qualifications that are required for testimony. The principles you learn in this session will be built upon for the rest of the class.

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break 
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Rules for Expert Engagements 

Many times fraud examiners must qualify as experts to provide testimony in the fraud case. In such capacity, the witness must be familiar with the Court's requirements in a changing legal environment, as well as practical guidelines to be a competent and convincing witness.

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Written Testimony and Reports 

Although most people may focus on the importance of oral testimony, it is often the written report that truly makes the difference in the case – either for settlement discussion or for trial. During this session, you'll discuss the process of preparing the report, its content, organization, and the importance of attention to accuracy in every detail.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Group Lunch  
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Case Studies: What Went Wrong and How to Make it Right 

The session will cover examples of litigation where expert witnesses failed, and will also present a real case and examination report to walk attendees through the process of preparing for testimony.

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

Subject Matter of Testimony in Fraud Cases 

Direct testimony in fraud cases most often focuses on investigative techniques used to build the case – interviews, financial analysis and other circumstantial evidence – as well as legal remedies available, such as injunctive relief, compensatory damages, and punishment. This session discusses the type of evidence required, techniques for compiling and presenting the evidence, and the testimony that you should be prepared to present.



  Day Two 
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Testimony About Damages and Other Remedies 

The bottom line to success in fraud cases is to efficiently find, support and recover an appropriate remedy. In this session, you'll explore the legal options for recovering restitution, damages and other forms of relief, and the evidence and testimony necessary to get them.

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break  
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Participation in Discovery Requests and Depositions 

Most fraud cases are determined before they ever get to the courthouse in the "paper war" of discovery and the "informal" testimony at depositions. This process is full of technicalities and pitfalls for any unprepared participant or witness. This session discusses your role and requirements in this phase of the fraud case.

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Techniques for Effective Testimony on Direct Examination 

Direct testimony is your opportunity to shine. In this session, you'll discuss techniques to make the most of it through preparation, and the use of clear testimony and effective demonstrative tools.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch on Own
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Surviving Cross-Examination 

You feel good about your testimony under direct examination, in part because counsel was on your side. However, during cross examination you are fair game by the opposing counsel. In this session, you will prepare by learning opposing strategy and how to survive leading questions and tricky cross examination techniques.

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

Ethical Issues for Experts and Other Witnesses 

Your credibility, reputation, and professional competence are at stake in every professional engagement. Where is the line between aggressive testimony and improper advocacy? How do you avoid risks of becoming involved in questionable or even illegal conduct? What circumstances can give rise to personal liability? In this closing session, you'll discuss ethical issues that you may face in a fraud examination – and more importantly, solutions.

Event Cancellation Policy 

Our cancellation policy is intended to keep costs low for attendees. Due to financial obligations incurred by ACFE, Inc. you must cancel your registration prior to the start of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 calendar days prior to an event start date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received on or after the start date of the event. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.

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