Law for the Expert Witness, Third Edition

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CRC Press, Mar 19, 2007 - Law - 230 pages
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Extensively updated and expanded to incorporate legislative and practical changes enacted since the publication of the previous edition, this third edition of Law for the Expert Witness comprehensively covers the current processes and techniques of legal procedure.
Beginning with procedural issues that an expert witness would encounter in advance of the trial itself, the chapters cover legal paperwork, disclosure, depositions, discovery, and the penalties incurred due to any failure to comply with these rules. New material regarding amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is included as they concern required disclosure early in the litigation process and the disclosure of electronic information.
The second section addresses evidentiary issues. Photographs and diagrams illustrate the modern physical arrangement of a courtroom and the use of exhibits and demonstration. Updated case studies and examples of relevant court decisions demonstrate newly settled issues regarding who is an expert and when one can testify. The third section presents tips and hints from the authors own extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Suggestions regarding organization of narrative direct testimony and withstanding cross examination are beneficial for all but the most experienced professional witness. Appendices reflect recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, both instruments largely applicable in most states.
Presenting authoritative information available from no other source, as well as analysis and application of the latest federal rules of procedure, Law for the Expert Witness provides a crucial tool for the confidence and preparation of those who might one day find themselves testifying in court.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Filing Suit or Legal Paperwork
3
Chapter 2 Discovery in General
9
Chapter 3 Depositions
29
Chapter 4 Other Discovery Techniques
39
Chapter 5 Failure to Cooperate in Discovery
49
Chapter 6 Pretrial Conferences
57
The Rules of Evidence
61
Chapter 7 Fundamental Concepts
63
Chapter 16 Hearsay Exceptions II Writings and Records
137
Chapter 17 Hearsay Exceptions III Printed Matter
151
Chapter 18 Hearsay Exceptions IV Miscellaneous
157
Chapter 19 Best Evidence Rule
161
Chapter 20 A Real Case
165
Suggestions and Hints for Expert Witnesses
173
Chapter 21 Presenting Direct Testimony
175
Chapter 22 Withstanding CrossExamination
181

Chapter 8 Who Is an Expert and When Can One Testify
69
Chapter 9 The Form of Questions to an Expert
83
Chapter 10 Tests Experiments and the Chain of Custody
93
Chapter 11 Common Knowledge and Routine Practice
105
Chapter 12 Real Evidence
107
Chapter 13 Exhibits and Demonstrations
115
Chapter 14 The Rule Against Hearsay
125
Chapter 15 Hearsay Exceptions I Introduction
133
Appendices and Case Listing
185
EXTRACTS FROM THE FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE IN NUMERICAL ORDER
187
EXTRACTS FROM THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE IN NUMERICAL ORDER
209
TABLE OF ILLUSTRATIVE CASES
221
Index
223
Back cover
231
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