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  • Jury CSI effectLay witness:-saw/did/heard/no opinionsExpert witness:-education-training-skill-experience-knowledge in particular subject
  • Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 DC Cir (1923):-generally acceptedDaubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993):-Trial judges are gatekeepers-Established criteria for admissionWhether the scientific technique or theory can be tested.Whether the technique has been subject to peer review and publication.The techniques potential rate of error.Existence and maintenance of standards .Whether the scientific theory or method has attracted widespread acceptance within a relevant scientific community. -Precedence
  • Pre-Trial:-Conference w/attorney-explain processes-explain displays/charts-explain technical testimony-discuss questions-opposing counsel-perfectly legal-not providing you answers-Know court/courtroomDay of Court:-early-contact attorney-reports/exhibits Outside Courtroom-other involved agencies-professional-don’t discuss case-read your reports-pictures/exhibits
  • Called In: (Bailiff)-walk to stand-address judge-carry folder in left hand-upright/steady-take stand-remain standingSpeaking:-clear/loud-oath/straightOn the stand:-up straight-alert-focused-interested
  • APPEARANCE:-impressions important-professional-uniform-business professionalMen:-Suit/sport coat & tie-Shined shoes-PresidentWomen:-Business suit-Skirt/blouseNEVER:-Flip flops-Tank tops-Wife beaters-Shorts
  • JewelryMales:-rings-watch-earrings/nose rings/lip rings-tattoos-hair length-shavenFemales:-rings-watch-earrings/nose rings/lip rings-tattoos-hair length
  • ESTABLISHING EXPERT STATUS:Trial judge (gatekeepers)Plaintiff/DefenseDirect examination:-Name-Employment (Title)DutiesLength3 P’s-EducationDegrees/Institutions-TrainingSpecializedCertifications/agencySpecific to duties-ExperienceTimeEmployer (s) Duties-PublishedStudiesBooks/Papers (peer reviewed)
  • Opposite side:-Stipulate -Cross examination:DiscreditSpecific questionsArticles /studies disputingOkay to say “I don’t know”Judge Rules:Accept-testify to opinionDeny-testify to what you didPrecedenceCourt accepted expert witness
  • Expert opinion-testing procedures-scientific processes-results-opinion/findingsNo biasesNo stake in outcomeDuty to truth only!
  • Testifying:-listen to question-pause for 1-2 seconds-face jury-answer clearly/concise-ask for clarification-you set the pace-never lie!Notes/Report (ask permission)-case specific-aid for memory-permission to get upREMEMBER: RESPECT JUDGE’S HOUSE!!
  • Cross Examination:-dreaded!!!-may stipulate (over)-not personal-reasonable doubt-discipline questions-low/high knowledge-articles/studies-error rates-”is it possible?”-don’t argue-courteous/smile-blocking trick-answer what you can
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    • 1. Expert Witness testimony
      South Puget Sound Community College
      Forensics Department
    • 2. Expert Witness
      Jury CSI effect
      Lay witness:
      -no opinions
      Expert witness:
      -knowledge in particular subject
      -testify to opinions
    • 3. Expert Witness
      Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 DC Cir (1923):
      -generally accepted
      Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993):
      -judges are gatekeepers
      -criteria for admission
      -precedence
    • 4. Expert Witness
      Pre-Trial:
      -Conference w/attorney
      -explain processes
      -explain displays/charts
      -explain technical testimony
      -discuss questions
      -opposing counsel
      -Know court/courtroom
      Day of Court:
      -contact attorney
      -reports/exhibits
      Outside Courtroom
      -professional
      -don’t discuss case
      -read your reports
      -pictures/exhibits
    • 5. Expert Witness
      Called In:
      -walk to stand/address judge
      -folder in left hand
      -upright/steady
      -take stand
      -remain standing
      Speak:
      -clear/loud
      -oath/straight
      On the stand:
      -sit straight
      -alert
      -focused
      -interested
    • 6. Expert Witness
      APPEARANCE:
      -professional
      -uniform
      -business professional
      Men:
      -Suit/sport coat & tie
      -Shined shoes
      Women:
      -Business suit
      -Skirt/blouse
      NEVER:
      -Flip flops
      -Tank tops
      -Wife beaters
      -Shorts
    • 7. Expert Witness
      Jewelry
      Males:
      -rings
      -watch
      -tattoos
      -hair length
      -shaven ?
      Females:
      -rings
      -watch
      -tattoos
      -hair length
    • 8. Expert Witness
      ESTABLISHING EXPERT STATUS:
      Plaintiff/Defense
      Direct examination:
      -Name
      -Employment (Title)
      -Education
      • Degrees/Institutions
      -Training
      • Specialized
      • 10. Certifications/agency
      • 11. Specific to duties
      -Experience
      -Published
    • 14. Expert Witness
      Opposite side:
      -Stipulate
      -Cross examination:
      • Discredit
      • 15. Specific questions
      • 16. Articles /studies disputing
      • 17. Okay to say “I don’t know”
      Judge Rules:
      • Recognized as expert witness
      -testify to opinion
      • Deny
      -testify to what you did
      • Precedence
    • Expert Witness
      Expert opinion
      -testing procedures
      -scientific processes
      -results
      -opinion/findings
      Duty to truth only!
    • 18. Expert Witness
      Direct Examination: (established expert)
      -employment/tenure/duties
      -education/train/experience
      Specific case:
      -role/function
      -specific actions
      -opinion (s)
    • 19. Expert Witness
      Testifying:
      -pause for 1-2 seconds
      -face jury
      -you set the pace
      -never lie!
      -notes/report (ask permission)
      -case specific/memory aid
      -permission to get up
      REMEMBER: RESPECT JUDGE’S HOUSE!!
    • 20. EXPERT WITNESS
      Cross Examination:
      -reasonable doubt/ask discipline questions
      -articles/studies/error rates
      -”is it possible?”
      -don’t argue/courteous/smile
      -answer what you can

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