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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

General Testifying Tips

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After completing General Testifying Tips, the user should know:

  • Whom to contact after receiving a subpoena to testify.
  • What documents to bring to the pretrial meeting and for testimony with the proffering attorney.
  • What style of dress is appropriate for the testimony.
  • Procedures likely to occur during testimony.
  • What constitutes effective testimony.
  • What is involved in structuring and organizing expert testimony.

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