Experts who undertake the challenge of expert testimony have an obligation to stay current in their fields of expertise. They cannot rely on outdated theories, methods, concepts, procedures or equipment.
Whether an expert intends to pursue a forensic witness career or is called upon incidentally for that service, the expert must maintain and improve his current credentials. At the very least, the expert owes that obligation and duty to those who rely on his opinion.
The process of preparing a case for trial or hearing is a learning exercise. Because the expert must examine many aspects of the case, he or she must become competent and stay current in the forensic investigation's subject matter. A number of tasks will help the expert stay current:
- Reading professional literature.
- Being active in the field of expertise.
- Continuing education/certification.
- Research and publishing.
- Teaching, lecturing and consulting.
- Attending seminars.
- Attending professional conferences.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
- Español for Law Enforcement
- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts