To show that the witness is indeed an expert, a qualification inquiry, often called a voir dire, is conducted by the attorney for the party presenting the evidence.
The witness will typically be questioned about the expert's:
- Publication history.
- Previous testimony as an expert witness.
In the fields of forensic science, this questioning may also focus on:
- Performance reviews.
- Proficiency testing.
- Work in a supervisory capacity.
- Previous time devoted to the type of testing/analysis at issue in the trial.
- The type(s) of equipment or processes with which the expert works.
- Professional honors and society memberships.
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