North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Traffic Homicide Case File Preparation

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement professionals who investigate fatal motor vehicle crashes. Participants are expected to have an understanding of traffic crash investigation and therefore should have completed, at minimum, the Introduction to Traffic Crash and At-Scene Traffic Crash Investigation courses (80 hours).

Course Goal:

To provide training that will enable class participants to prepare case files in a complete and credible manner for prosecution and/or case closure.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
.  Determine when a complete traffic homicide case file will be prepared.

.  Review North Carolina General Statutes and court rulings and how they apply in developing a traffic homicide case.

.  Determine when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) needs to be notified.

.  List the components of a traffic homicide case file.

.  Discuss the importance of a complete case file for the initial presentation to the district attorney.

.  Explain case law as it applies to the release of property by law enforcement personnel.

.  Explain court orders as they apply to obtaining medical records.


This course employs lecture and discussion.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Participants will be required to score at least 80% on the final examination.

Special Concerns:

Class size is limited to 20 students. Students are required to bring a traffic homicide case file to class. If you do not have access to one, one will be provided to you.


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Course Coordinator:

 Terry D. Miller

Length of Course:

Two and one-half days - 20 hours 
TEICP Accredited Course