(Received 31 March 1977; accepted 19 May 1977)
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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.
Assistant United States attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.,
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