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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Structure and Organization of Expert Testimony

Structure and Organization of Expert Testimony
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

One technique for skillful organization of expert testimony is to outline the main points of testimony, moving from the initial strong points to weaker points (if any) and building to a strong finish.    

The expert who appears well organized on the witness stand conveys confidence, competence and credibility to the trier of fact.

All testimony materials should be neatly arranged in notebooks, tabbed and well organized. This preparation conveys professionalism and competence. The notebook should include the expert's case report, a summary of the data relied upon, answers to interrogatories that relate to the testimony, a discovery deposition, a full curriculum vitae, and the subpoena that ordered the expert's appearance at trial.

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