Report Writing: Making Your Case

taught by DDA Chris Owen

Course description

When preparing your documentation for criminal trials, a civil case or hearing review, you are subject to a higher standard of scrutiny. Learn to be clear, comprehensive and efficient. Course content covers your role in the reporting process, how defense attorneys, judges, hearings officers and juries view reports, during the trial process.

This course also covers basic rules of evidence and ethics in report writing. Specialized areas of discussion include; search and seizure, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, suspect/witness interviews and reporting demeanor of people you contact.

DDA Chris Owen
DDA Chris Owen
Deputy District Attorney & Senior Instructor

Chris Owen earned his law degree from Willamette University in 1992. He has spent his entire legal career as a prosecutor. He has prosecuted domestic violence, child abuse sexual assaults, robberies and homicides. He currently supervises the unit that prosecutes felony property, drug and vehicular crimes.

Chris has also served on the faculty of the National District Attorney's Association National Advocacy Center, has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University and frequently presents to law enforcement organizations concerning effective investigations and courtroom advocacy