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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Facts That Have No Impact on Results

An expert should be prepared to discuss and distinguish facts that have no impact on testing or on the case, as compared to facts that may have an impact on the test results. Such explanations should be made in basic language using layman's terms. Demonstrative aids should be suggested if they will help convey a clearer understanding of the scientific concepts at issue.

The expert should double-check the use of any technical or scientific terminology in reports, testing and analysis to confirm that all such specialized terminology is used correctly.

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