Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)
On Being a Good Expert Witness in a Criminal Case
It is essential for the forensic scientist to understand what the criminal justice system expects of the expert witness. By the very nature of the word forensic (“belonging to courts of justice” ) , the expert must realize that any tests, examinations, observations, or experiments he performs may require testimony in the courtroom regardless of the results. Preparation for this responsibility begins the first day the expert enters the laboratory.