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Expert Witness Class


MNIAAI is sponsoring an IAAI Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony Class September 18-20, 2018.
It will be held at the Hutchinson Fire Station 205 3rd Ave SE Hutchinson, MN 55350

This intense two and a half day Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony Course guides the students through testifying as an Expert Witness in a real arson case. The course requires more than 40 hours of preliminary case work, for which six weeks are given to prepare and submit before date of class. This includes taking and passing The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation-Updated 2009 (3hours) CFITrainer.Net module; updating or writing your CV, preparing an opinion analysis and creating two courtroom exhibits. You will give a deposition and work with an attorney to develop testimony plan. You will be in court a full day; experience cross examination and re-direct with qualified legal attorneys. If you have never been called upon as an Expert Witness, this class will give you the opportunity to better understand the task of preparing for court and experience testifying in a real courtroom environment with attorneys.

Recommended Hotel: AmericInn and Suites 115 Hwy 7 W Hutchinson, MN 55350 320-587-5515 (Ask for the corporate rate: $94.90 / night)

In the classroom you will learn: Legal System Overview Court Rules and Case Law Qualify as an Expert and Presenting your CV How to prepare for court testimony Participate in a practical deposition exercise How to present and what should be included Presentation of Evidence: Best practices Working with Attorneys CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO EIGHT STUDENTS Registration Deadline: July 31, 2018



If interested, please email: for details


The Next MNIAAI Chapter Meeting will be September 12, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. Location is yet to be decided.

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Meetings & Events

Sept 5, 2018          Board of Directors Meeting
Sept 12, 2018        Chapter Meeting and Training
Dec 5, 2018           Board of Directors Meeting
Dec 12, 2018         Chapter Meeting and Training
Mar 6, 2019           Board Meeting
Mar 27, 2019         Annual Chapter Meeting
Mar 27-29, 2019    Fire Investigation Conference
Mar 25-27, 2020    Fire Investigation Conference


Latest News

Elections were held at the annual meeting on March 21. Congratulations to Candace Jones of St. Paul P.D. and Justin Pape of RAM Mutual Insurance Company on their election to the MNIAAI Board of Directors.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division and the MNIAAI Arson Awareness Committee
has released an online Arson Awareness Challenge.

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