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Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation

Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation
A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys

  • Paul Stern - Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County, Washington State

January 1997 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"I found the book extremely interesting and informative. I was particularly impressed with the practical advice given in the text, advice that is not often found in the legal literature. . . . The writing is clear and compelling, and Paul Stern's style is perfect: he entertains as he educates." --Thomas D. Lyon, The Law School, University of Southern California, Los Angeles Called upon to educate courtroom decision makers, the expert witness provides testimony that is critical to achieving intelligent and just verdicts. Few judges and jury members possess the knowledge base needed to adequately understand complexities of human behavior as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While the lay witness can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the "expert witness" who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. With this vital insight, courts can more accurately assess and weigh evidence, leading to more informed and appropriate decisions. Timely and accessible, The Preparation and Presentation of Expert Testimony clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. Author Paul Stern demystifies the process while providing practical, stepwise guidance for those who want to prepare and present expert testimony with confidence and clarity. Beginning with discussions of the who, what, and why of expert testimony, the book also defines the role of the expert, including ethical and professional issues that may arise. Filled with tips, techniques, and case examples, chapters also show expert witnesses and attorneys how to prepare for court, how to present testimony in the most convincing and credible manner possible, how to deal with cross-examination, and how to cross-examine irresponsible expert witnesses. Anyone who may be called upon to testify--or participate in court in any way--in cases of interpersonal violence will find this book an invaluable resource. In particular, mental health professionals, medical personnel, scientists, investigators, attorneys, and judges will want to use the book to prepare themselves for the rigors involved in every aspect of expert testimony.

The Need for Expert Testimony
Who Are the Experts?
The Preparation of Expert Witness Testimony
Presenting Expert Testimony in Court
Dealing with Cross-Examination
Benjamin E Saunders
Medical and Mental Health Professionals as Experts in Legal Cases
Cross-Examining the Irresponsible Expert Witness

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