Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)
The “Nuts and Bolts” of Testifying as a Forensic Scientist
When the forensic scientist leaves the laboratory and enters the courtroom anticipating presentation of the results of his long and detailed scientific analysis to a judge and jury, he may be shocked in confronting a defense lawyer not only versed in the skills of the courtroom, but also possessing substantial expertise in the scientific field about which the expert witness is testifying. More and more lawyers are becoming knowledgeable in the varied fields of forensic science. Many have been prosecutors who have “switched sides” and take with them the knowledge that they have gained from professional association with forensic scientists. Others are attending seminars and symposiums or engaging in independent research with the assistance of a retained scientific expert. A review of any professional legal magazine will show a battery of experts in all fields of science for hire. Lawyers are also being encouraged by state and local bar associations to attend continuing education programs.