Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys / Edition 1

Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys / Edition 1

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by Paul Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761900128

ISBN-13: 9780761900122

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761900122
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/16/1997
Series:
Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series, #18
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1The Need for Expert Testimony1
2Who Are the Experts?21
3The Preparation of Expert Witness Testimony46
4Presenting Expert Testimony in Court70
5Dealing With Cross-Examination94
6Medical and Mental Health Professionals as Experts in Legal Cases116
7Cross-Examining the Irresponsible Expert Witness155
Cases Cited179
References181
Index183
About the Author185
About the Contributor187

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Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.