More than 30 Kentucky county and state prosecutors are undergoing intensive trial advocacy training this week in Lexington. The Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute is designed for those who've pursued fewer than five trials.
During this week’s training, newer prosecutors are critiqued throughout on trial logistics such as opening and closing arguments, jury selection, and cross examination. Prosecutors Advisory Council Training Coordinator Susan Blake says the instruction has changed over the last decade. “I would say probably the biggest change is focusing on presentation and persuasive skills and the use of technology in the courtroom,” said Blake.
Blake says participants are required to use technology such as Power Point presentations. She says attorneys are videotaped and evaluated throughout the week-long institute.