Preparing a Legal Expert Witness For Trial: A Few Basics

The importance of expert witness testimony at a trial cannot be overstated, but the cost of retaining such an expert also highlights the importance of properly preparing the witness for trial. In order to get the most out of an expert witness, your attorney should be careful in preparing this individual for trial.

Your legal expert witness should be well versed in the legal elements within the case, any exhibits or other testimony that is going to be presented, and also with the kinds of questions that your attorney will be asking. Preparing for the questioning from your own attorney is just as important as preparing for the possible line of questioning from the other attorney.

The expert witness must be familiar with the legal elements of your case in order to make the connection between the groundwork laid by your attorney and what statements, if any, can be used to support your side of the case.

A good deal of the testimony portion in court will be devoted to establishing the expert’s credentials. This is essential for establishing the individual’s competency to speak in the case and it can also be very helpful for building credibility with a jury.

Make sure that you select someone who is both experienced, competent, and of the same opinions as you and your attorney. Putting together witness testimony is a vital part of presenting your case, so approach it thoughtfully.

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