Forensic, General & Medical
Expert Witnesses

Standards and Best Practices

This guide will discuss tips, techniques and strategies for providing useful testimony and insight. It will discuss the importance of remembering that the jury is your audience, how to effectively use scientific data in the courtroom and how to use technology to help explain your testimony. It will also discuss standards regarding expert witness opinions and how to prepare for trial.

  • Expert Witness Best Practices

    The best practices that expert witnesses adhere to generally require staying on point in the case, keeping the material relevant and ensuring that all test methods are reliable or give reliable results with a known margin of error. Other best practices usually change based on the case, but many of these are similar throughout the expert’s life in the courts.

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  • When Is Expert Witness Testimony Admissible?

    Ensuring that the testimony from an expert witness is admissible is of the utmost importance when the professional becomes part of the proceedings, and this is generally only possible if the expert passes the qualifications interview. Other rules regarding the admissibility of testimony exist and may apply depending on the type of case.

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  • The Important Work Expert Witnesses Do Before Testifying

    Expert witnesses accomplish much work before the act of testifying is needed. They work up a report, analyze evidence, connect the incident to certain persons and actions and many other tasks long before they are called in the court room. Many of these professionals adhere to scientific methods to determine certain aspects of a case.

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  • The Effects of Multiple Expert Witnesses on One Case

    Experts are often the best way to mitigate damage to a case and prove certain aspects that may ensure success for the client in receiving compensation. However, if there are multiple experts added to the claim, this could prove either beneficial or they could severely cause negative consequences which may end in failure.

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  • Technology Used by Expert Witnesses in the Courtroom

    When an expert witness becomes part of the courtroom proceedings, he or she may need additional technology to explain the issue to the judge or jury panel, and this could lead to unorthodox processes. When these items become necessary to demonstrate certain issues, the professional may need permission from the courts to accomplish this feat.

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  • Pretrial Role of Expert Witness Testimony

    The expert witness has several duties to perform before he or she will testify in the courtroom before a jury or a judge, and some of these duties involve the testimony review before the courtroom event. Some experts may need to create a report that the judge or opposing legal counsel will have access to before the trial starts.

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  • Exposure Pathways - Standards for Expert Witness Opinions

    Expert witness opinions about various subjects are important to understand and proceed with knowledge and caution about dangers, complications and problems that may occur currently or in the future. With exposure pathways, it is essential to understand the standards that experts explain through opinions based on fact and the situation.

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  • Expert Witnesses and the Preparation of Affidavits of Merit

    Experts have the task of proving that a claim has merit through an Affidavit of Merit, and this may have a direct connection to a medical malpractice suit or when the medical device used causes injury to the patient.

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  • Expert Witness: Scientific Data and Its Use in the Courtroom

    Expert witnesses are often contacted for their knowledge and expertise in a field of study. This information is used to explain to the judge or jury panel that certain actions occurred, and to the best of the knowledge of the expert that his or her conclusion is the outcome of the incident.

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  • Testimony Preparations for Expert Witnesses

    Before an expert witness presents testimony in the courtroom, he or she will need to prepare by completing various steps beforehand that give him or her the edge necessary to engage the courtroom judge or jury. Knowing these steps may help the professional accomplish his or her goals in informing the court of the necessary subject matter.

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  • Use of the National Practitioner Databank by Medical Expert Witnesses

    For medical expert witnesses, the National Practitioner Data Bank or NPDB is a great source of information about events, those involved in the issues and malpractice for the healthcare world. Through the databank, these experts are able to coordinate details, problematic events and errors that are made by others.

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