Becoming an expert witness is a challenging step for a forensic expert. In an earlier post, we talked about putting together your C/V and its importance in building your credibility as a forensic expert.
Now, we will go over how to prepare yourself and your team for trial and what to expect when testifying in the courtroom.
Not all forensic experts decide to become expert witnesses and appear in court. There are many qualified experts who choose to avoid the stress of testifying and focus on the outside forensic work that they specialize in. Testifying in court is challenging and requires a lot of preparation to withstand the pressure of the courtroom.
Personally, I have found that there are two aspects to my career as a forensic expert. The first is my forensic talent, which I make sure to continuously improve by furthering my education in the field every year. The second is testifying. This skill almost outweighs an expert’s laboratory experience. This requires you to not only know your field of expertise but also know how to act in the courtroom. I have worked on and testified in dozens of forensic assignments and court cases, which has helped build my reputation and credibility as an expert witness.
In this episode, we’ll go over the importance of completing forensic assignments and testifying, courtroom experience, preparation for the trial, and direct and cross-examination.