The Qualities a Forensic Expert must possess to be able to Testify in Court

If you think that a forensic expert’s duties are limited to only using scientific methods to find conclusive evidence from the scene of a crime then you are mistaken. The duties of a Forensic Expert also involve gathering all facts and preparing a detailed report. They are also required to be able to present their findings in court hence allowing an accurate judgement. To be able to create a detailed report a forensic expert has to be very well organised and expressive. However, when it comes to testifying in court he/she will need to possess an additional set of traits so that he/she may be able to present the facts as accurately as possible. We have discussed some of these techniques in the text below.

Must Possess Knowledge:-

The forensic expert must show that he/she is up to date and has command of the subject matter with respect to their field.

Organised:-

They must be able to easily locate key pieces of evidence.

Alert:-

The forensic expert must also be able to answer questions immediately and intelligently.

Patient:-

They must not become annoyed during questioning especially when facing a defendant’s solicitor.

Must possess Ethical values:-

He/she must be honest on his/her findings and most importantly must not be persuaded into presenting a false testimony.

 

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