Supreme Court Victoria

Achieving Excellence in Forensic Skills


Professor Hampel was a barrister and QC for 25 years and a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for 17 years. 

He was appointed Professor of Advocacy and Trial Practice at Monash University Law School in 2000 and is President of ICLAR (International Criminal Law, Advocacy and Research Institute).

He is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Advocacy Institute, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and was Chairman of the International Institute of Forensic Studies.

Since 1973, Professor Hampel has trained barristers and solicitor advocates in Australia and most common law jurisdictions.

He has also trained expert witnesses and investigators in various organisations and professions.

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Advocacy is the art of persuasion in court. It involves a combination of skills in preparation, analysis, performance and communication. These skills are cross jurisdictional. The "what to do" and "how to do it" are taught and developed at all levels by the coaching method of performance, review and demonstration.
George has taught these skills for over 40 years in Australia and most common law jurisdictions.

A competent expert witness will be able to: understand the nature of expert evidence and its place in the adversarial legal system; form a clear informed and balanced opinion; understand the duties to the court; prepare a report which complies with court rules; confer effectively with barristers; explain technical concepts and terms in simple lay language; answer questions and behave appropriately as a witness, not an advocate.

The process of questioning potential witnesses and suspects is an integral part of an investigation.
To be effective, the investigator will be able to: understand the purpose of the investigation; have a questioning plan; remain open minded and fair; use appropriate sequence and form of questions; listen and communicate; record and evaluate the obtained information.