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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Scheduling Matters

The witness needs to know when he or she will be testifying.

Trials and hearings are sometimes delayed by sickness, unavailability of witnesses or emergencies. If the attorney has not informed the expert about whether and when the witness will testify, it may be good practice for the witness to telephone the court clerk or for the attorney's secretary to determine or confirm the testimony schedule. The witness should ask the attorney whether the witness's presence is needed before and/or after the witness's testimony.

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