Forensic Legal Issues and Expert Witness Testimony
OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this chapter and corresponding reference material, the reader will be able to
• List common rules of testifying as an expert witness • Differentiate between a lay witness and an expert witness • Describe the role of the expert witness
Let’s start with the basic rules of testifying:
• Don’t be defensive. • Don’t fudge. • Speak from your knowledge and don’t try to use your knowledge as
a weapon. • Do not become an advocate.