It is difficult to remember everything one has said or written in the past. To help remember, the expert should devise and maintain a reliable system for categorizing all prior testimony and writings. Always consult these records at the outset of a potential assignment. This system can avoid professional embarrassment to the expert, a destructive effect on the case, and the potential of legal liability for nondisclosure.
Ways to organize prior publications include listing by:
- Case name.
- Location of property, evidence or event.
- Description of the evidence-testing event.
- Date of event.
- The general or specific area of expertise involved.
The expert's system should include:
- All reports rendered.
- All articles and books written and published.
- Transcripts of all of the expert's depositions and trial testimony.
Extensive cross-indexing when the matter is fresh in the expert's mind, such as immediately after the deposition or trial testimony, will prove useful later
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