Expert Testimony


Both jury and non-jury trials may call in an expert witness to testify. This individual is one that has extensive experience and hopefully creditability in proving the case for the attorney who deposed the witness. This is an intimidating position to be in because the questions are repetitious and often the cross-examinations are looking for minute flaws in previous testimony to disprove the creditability of the witness. A person in this position must remember to be well versed in the case, remain calm, speak clearly and audibly and ask to have any question repeated that is unclear. This is truly grace under fire. All aspects of the witness are under fire and fair game from the testimony to the CV. I know, I have been in this position once, a long time ago, but feel better prepared to head there again. References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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