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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)
    • Duties
    • 9. Length
    -Education
    • Degrees/Institutions
    -Training
    • Specialized
    • 10. Certifications/agency
    • 11. Specific to duties
    -Experience
    • Time
    • 12. Employer (s)
    • 13. Duties
    -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