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

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Few judges and jury members possess the knowledge base needed to adequately understand complexities of human behavior as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While the lay witness can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the "expert witness" who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. With this vital insight, courts can more accurately assess and weigh evidence, leading to more informed and appropriate decisions. Timely and accessible, The Preparation and Presentation of Expert Testimony clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. Author Paul Stern demystifies the process while providing practical, stepwise guidance for those who want to prepare and present expert testimony with confidence and clarity. Beginning with discussions of the who, what, and why of expert testimony, the book also defines the role of the expert, including ethical and professional issues that may arise. Filled with tips, techniques, and case examples, chapters also show expert witnesses and attorneys how to prepare for court, how to present testimony in the most convincing and credible manner possible, how to deal with cross-examination, and how to cross-examine irresponsible expert witnesses. Anyone who may be called upon to testify—or participate in court in any way—in cases of interpersonal violence will find this book an invaluable resource. In particular, mental health professionals, medical personnel, scientists, investigators, attorneys, and judges will want to use the book to prepare themselves for the rigors involved in every aspect of expert testimony.

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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
Cases Cited 179
References 181
Index 183
About the Author 185
About the Contributor 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

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

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

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

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

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

    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.

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