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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Review of Legal Instructions for Testimony

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If the matter is to be tried before a jury or commission that is subject to legal instructions, the expert should review the instructions as they relate to testimony.

By knowing what legal instructions the fact finder will receive, the expert can focus his testimony on meeting those legal tests or requirements. Consult with the retaining attorney to obtain these instructions.

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