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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Proceeding to Trial Without a Final Status Conference

The expert can complete the final preparation for trial without a formal conference by taking the following steps:

  • Review the case file.

  • Ensure that graphic displays, models, drawings, charts and diagrams are in proper order and complete and that all visual aids are self-explanatory.

  • Ensure that the final report is complete and accurate. Check it for incorrect calculations, typographical errors and omissions. All attachments should be in place and every page should be legible.

  • Explain the assignment, the testing process and the conclusion to someone who is unfamiliar with the case. Encourage this listener to ask questions. Can the expert explain, describe and demonstrate everything he was asked to do, how it was done, and what was found in the process?

  • Present the findings and conclusions to other lab peers or staff. The expert will find that telling the story in court will be easier if the expert has already presented it to an audience. Timing, pacing, rhythm, clarity of statements and documentation are all enhanced by such a practice session. The expert should be especially receptive to the comments of the audience.

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