chapter  7
8 Pages

Forensic Legal Issues and Expert Witness Testimony

WithROBERT J. McWHIRTER

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.