Expert Witnessing and Scientific Testimony: Surviving in the Courtroom

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CRC Press, Jul 23, 2007 - Law - 272 pages
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Simply put, the primary role of the expert witness is to make clear and simple a complex technical or scientific issue. In practice, there are negative and positive aspects that must be considered before committing to the role. In a major case suing for big dollar amounts witnesses can expect to have their life history spread out like a roadmap for the world to see. On the other hand, finding and excavating the “smoking gun” piece of evidence can bring satisfaction far beyond any fees or hourly wage.

Based on the author’s more than 30 years of experience as a successful expert witness, Expert Witnessing and Scientific Testimony: Surviving in the Courtroom demonstrates how to properly present scientific testimony and survive the onslaught of cross examination in court. Written in an engaging style, the book begins with introductory material to the world of litigation and the role and qualifications of the expert witness. It covers necessary legal protocols such as rules of evidence and procedure.

Focusing on scientific testimony, the author demonstrates the use of scientific literature, presentation of testimony, and the language of lawyers. He addresses the courtroom experience with actual cases, experience, and pitfalls to illustrate procedure and strategy, cross-examination, and the exposure of personal history. Offering critical observations and judicial opinions, the book presents several exemplary civil, criminal, medical malpractice, and workers compensation cases. The author also includes his personal advice and tips on the business of expert witnessing.  There is an extensive glossary of legal terms, detailed footnotes, and useful appendices summarizing code of conduct, paperwork, and examples of case reports.

Offering an insider’s look at the labyrinthine world of litigation, Expert Witnessing and Scientific Testimony: Surviving in the Courtroom provides a guide for expert witnesses in today’s legal environment.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Involvement in a Legal Action
1
Chapter 2 Negligence
11
Chapter 3 Rules of Evidence and Codes of Civil Procedure
15
Chapter 4 The Body Scientific Literature
21
Chapter 5 Foundation Equals Persuasion
25
Chapter 6 The Expert Witness
37
Chapter 7 Speaking the Language of Lawyers
45
Chapter 8 To Do the Courtroom Dance First Learn the Steps
51
Investigations Cases and Trials
89
Chapter 16 Do You Charge for Your Testimony? No I Charge for My Time
105
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
113
Chapter 18 Closing Arguements
139
Notes
145
Litigation Glossary
151
California Code of Civil Procedure Section 2034
159
Actual Case Report Examples
169

Chapter 9 Skeletons in Your Closet
57
Chapter 10 Impeachment Is Not Just for Presidents
63
Chapter 11 Criminal Civil and Workers Compensation Cases
67
Chapter 12 Toxic Torts in Retrospect
73
Chapter 13 One Case Is Tragic Two or More Cases Are an Epidemic
77
Chapter 14 Professional Liability
81
Forms and Other Data
203
The Curriculum Vitae
217
Index
253
Back cover
259
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