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 5: Dealing with Cross-Examination
Dealing with Cross-Examination
It is hard for a cross-examiner to win his case on cross-examination; it is easy for him to lose it.
And now it is the other side's turn.
The expert witness is generally retained by one side, prepared by one side, and, in many regards, is aligned with one side. Cross-examination is the time when the adverse party seeks to attack what the expert witness has said. It is often viewed as a frightening time for the expert witness.
If the expert witness is well prepared, however, cross-examination need not be a time for concern. This chapter discusses how the expert witness can effectively deal with cross-examination. If the expert witness is prepared and focused, cross-examination ...