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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Post-Testimony Self-Evaluation

To improve performance in future trial assignments, the expert may find it useful to conduct a self-review or self-evaluation after testifying. Important factors to consider in the post-testimony self-evaluation include:

  1.   Subject of the expert's testimony.

  2.   Quality of the expert's investigation.

  3.   Quality of the expert's written report.

  4.   Overall integrity and candor.

  5.   Demeanor as a witness.

  6.   Preparation for trial and deposition testimony.

  7.   Overall credibility.

  8.   Expert's effectiveness in response to cross-examination of credentials and work product.

  9.   Expert's ability to "teach" effectively.

  10.   Expert's adherence to the standard testing and investigative protocol.

  11.   Expert's cooperation with the sponsoring counsel.

  12.   Expert's impression as "professional witness."

  13.   Expert's ability to access a database of prior writings and testimony.

  14.   Expert's effectiveness in handling confrontation about prior inconsistent writings or testimony.

  15.   Appropriateness of expert's dress, appearance, or mannerisms.

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Date Created: August 7, 2023