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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Specific Responsibilities

Beyond a statement of general assignment, an itemization of specific duties is sometimes appropriate. For example, if the analyst's assignment involves investigation of an explosion scene, the listing of specific duties could include:   

  • Inspecting the scene, including photography and video.
  • Examining official reports.
  • Sampling debris.
  • Removing possible explosive fragments.
  • Testing evidence.
  • Cooperating with local officials.
  • Formulating a preliminary causation thesis.
  • Preparing a final cause-and-effect report. 

An itemized list of specific responsibilities benefits both the expert and the proffering attorney by allowing them to engage in the thought process necessary to bring the expert's service into proper focus within the framework of the overall case. Opportunity for misunderstanding is reduced.

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