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What Makes an Expert Witness Credible?

During legal proceedings, witnesses are often utilized to corroborate a story, provide insight into motive or provide professional expertise in a subject area. It is professional expertise that makes someone an expert witness. How credible or effective the expert becomes to the legal argument is directly related to proper documentation, and a clear well-written report. The Power of Opinion What an expert witness has that other witness do not have is the ability to share their opinion. If a witness is not declared or proven to be an “expert” witness then they are limited to first-person observation only (i.e. what they personally saw, heard etc.). However, to make their opinions count, expert witnesses must back up their words and insights with proof of their expertise. Documentation Must be Compelling It is essential to have a clear Curriculum Vitae (CV) accurately depicting the knowledge, skill, training, education and experience accumulated throughout a career. Just like a resume when interviewing for a job, the CV must be factual. The CV, however, is much more detailed and must encompass all areas of experience gained by the expert witness that relates to the matter at hand. This enables the CV to establish the...

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