Where Science Compliments Justice: Forensic Nurses at Trial

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Roger Canaff
Roger A. Canaff, Esq.
Former Prosecutor and Legal Expert

Forensic nurses must be prepared to interact competently and knowledgeably with the legal system, and testify in courts of law, typically as experts, regarding their examinations and findings. Prosecutors utilizing such expertise must understand the role of the forensic nurse and how best to elicit an expert opinion on the witness stand. This workshop will address preparation and interaction from both perspectives (prosecutor and forensic nurse), proper interaction with adverse attorneys, how to develop and prepare compelling testimony, and tips for testifying.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the intersection of the medical and legal fields, and the nature of forensic medicine from a legal perspective.
  • Explain how objectivity can and should underpin all aspects of forensic nursing, and how to ensure objectivity in both practice and appearance.
  • Identify skills for successfully interacting with the legal system, testifying in a court of law, and thriving (not just surviving!) during cross-examination.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

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