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NCJ Number: 142183 Find in a Library
Author(s): J V Matson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 145
Sponsoring Agency: Lewis Publishers, Inc
Chelsea, MI 48118
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87371-297-8
Sale Source: Lewis Publishers, Inc
121 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The intent of this handbook is to prepare the expert witness for the intellectual battles that characterize legal war in the courtroom.
Abstract: This book presents the tactics and strategies that are employed in the legal process and advises the expert witness in ways to be effective and to counter the mind games lawyers play. An introductory chapter specifies the dilemmas of the expert witness. Subsequent chapters provide necessary factual and procedural information about the court system, outline what the attorney and the legal system expect of the expert witness, give specific guidance on marketing one's skills as an expert, and offer detailed information on direct and cross- examination. The final chapters focus on emotions and other intangible elements of testimony; present a simulated case; summarize the underlying psychological challenges of litigation; and conclude with a review of some subtle but important aspects of expert witnessing. 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Expert witnesses; Testimony
Index Term(s): Attorneys; Court procedures; Cross-examination; Trial preparation
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