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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Ethics for Experts

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After completing Ethics for Experts, the user should:

  • Know that there are ethical standards of conduct; four of them may create conflict for the expert witness.
  • Recognize proper, allowed and allowable procedures of conduct.
  • Know how to avoid or use certain ethical violations strategically.
  • Comprehend methods of challenging forensic fraud and unethical behavior.
  • Appreciate the need to improve expert and counsel relationships.
  • Recognize the ethical obligations under the ethics codes of certifying bodies and professional associations.

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