On Being a Good Expert Witness in a Criminal Case

    Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1978

    Page Count: 11


    Kogan, JD
    Assistant United States attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.,

    (Received 31 March 1977; accepted 19 May 1977)

    Abstract

    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” [1]) [2], 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.


    Paper ID: JFS10669J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10669J

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