Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys / Edition 1by Paul Stern
Pub. Date: 01/16/1997
Publisher: SAGE Publications
The testimony of expert witnesses to inform courtroom decisions is critical if intelligent and just verdicts are to be reached. Few judges, jurors or lay witnesses possess the necessary knowledge to adequately understand the complexities of human behaviour as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While lay witnesses can testify to actual incidents or… See more details below
The testimony of expert witnesses to inform courtroom decisions is critical if intelligent and just verdicts are to be reached. Few judges, jurors or lay witnesses possess the necessary knowledge to adequately understand the complexities of human behaviour as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While lay witnesses can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the expert witness who can provide forensic significance to such evidence.
This volume clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. The author demystifies the process, and provides practical guidance on preparing and presenting expert testimony. In so doing, he will assist courts to more accurately assess and weigh eviden
Table of Contents
|1||The Need for Expert Testimony||1|
|2||Who Are the Experts?||21|
|3||The Preparation of Expert Witness Testimony||46|
|4||Presenting Expert Testimony in Court||70|
|5||Dealing With Cross-Examination||94|
|6||Medical and Mental Health Professionals as Experts in Legal Cases||116|
|7||Cross-Examining the Irresponsible Expert Witness||155|
|About the Author||185|
|About the Contributor||187|
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A must-read for anyone who employs or cross-examines expert witnesses. It would also be an invaluable prep tool for anyone who might be called upon to serve as an expert witness. Stern's book is thorough, yet not tedious like so many legal texts. The examples are specific, practical, and often even entertaining. Highly recommended.
This is a jewel of a book. Mr. Stern follows his own advice: know your literature, know your audience, and speak English. As a forensic nurse and educator, I would recommend this book to any examiner who is about to face the rigors of courtroom testimony.
As a mental health professional dealing with court issues both for myself and colleagues, this book has been a great resource. The information has enabled us to enter a courtroom with much more confidence and much less anxiety. Mr. Stern's work has helped to make sense of an often frustrating and confusing experience.