The testimony of expert witnesses to inform courtroom decisions is critical if intelligent and just verdicts are to be reached. Few judges, jurors or lay witnesses possess the necessary knowledge to adequately understand the complexities of human behaviour as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While lay witnesses can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the expert witness who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. This volume clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. The author demystifies the process, and provides practical guidance on preparing and presenting expert testimony. In so doing, he will assist courts to more accurately assess and weigh eviden
Chapter 2: Who are the Experts?
Who are the Experts?
The law extends equal dignity to the opinions of charlatans and Nobel Prize winners.
An expert witness is someone with specialized knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education who is able to explain to jurors something important about the litigation that they might not otherwise understand. The expert witness must be an educator, interpreter, and explainer. The effective expert witness must also be smart, informed, thorough, articulate, savvy, and attentive. Who is capable of filling this role?
An Expert Need Not Be the Expert
There is a significant difference between being an expert in the professional field in which one practices and being an expert in court. In the witness's field of practice, ...