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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Testimony of Subpoenaed Witness

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

If an attorney plans to call the forensic scientist as an expert witness in a hearing, trial or other court proceeding, the expert will usually receive a subpoena indicating the date(s) when the expert's testimony will be expected to take place in the proceeding. However, this documentation is rarely specific and is often subject to change.

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