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Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony
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Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony

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


© 2000 | 25 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This tape provides an instructive program that helps prepare the listener to become an expert witness and present testimony in cases involving sexual and physical assault of children, assault against women, and homicide. It will be useful to any professional called upon for expert testimony. Mr. Stern discusses issues such as jury selection, preparing adequately for court, and dealing with cross-examination. His conversational style is both engaging and informative.

 
PART ONE: THE NEED FOR EXPERT TESTIMONY
 
To Educate the Jury and the Judge
 
To Establish Facts
 
To Interpret Facts
 
To Offer Opinions
 
To Dispel Myths
 
PART TWO: WHO ARE THE EXPERTS?
 
Standards of Admissibility
 
Presenting Qualifications
 
PART THREE: PRESENTING EXPERT TESTIMONY
 
Perceived Credibility
 
The Need for Preparation
 
Speaking Clearly and in Words We All Understand
 
Visual Aids
 
Looks Count
 
Be Honest and Be Professional
 
PART FOUR: DEALING WITH CROSS-EXAMINATION
 
Relax... Everyone Else is More Scared Than You Are
 
Be Complete - Take Control
 
Dealing with Literature
 
Deal with Questions in Court the Way You Would in the Real World
 
Be Honest and Be Professional

"This audiotape is done in a comfortable, easy to listen to styel. Paul Stern’s tips, comments and thoughts are enlightening, helpful, and calming. Anyone expecting to be called to testify in court as an expert witness would benefit from this wonderful educational tape. Additionally, I would strongly encourage lawyers who are calling someone as an expert witness to listen to this audiotape so they can be properly prepared to present the expert witness in the best possible manner." 

Lynn M. Copen
Director, Kenosha County Victim Witness Protection, and President & CEO of Kid's Court, Inc., Kenosh, Wisconsin

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