Making sure you have the right attorney in your corner is only part of the equation if you’re facing legal issues. If your case will also require testimony from an expert witness at any point, it’s important to make sure you have the right person for that job as well. Here’s a closer look at what differentiates a truly effective expert witness from the rest.
An expert witness testimony only holds up in court if the person giving it is backed by truly airtight credentials. Good witnesses don’t just have a terminal degree in their field of expertise (although that’s definitely very important). They also have other achievements, accolades, and honors to support their authority in that field even further. They’ve held important positions in regards to that field, had writings published in respected journals, and so forth.
Actually being an expert with the credentials to prove it isn’t good enough in and of itself. A good expert witness also looks and acts the part. They’re professional and detail-oriented in every sense of the word. They carry themselves with absolute confidence and have exceptional communication skills. It’s important that they be capable of connecting with the judge and jurors.
Expert witnesses need to be extremely detail-oriented when preparing their research for court as well. Preparing a written report alone won’t be good enough. Your witness will need to be so familiar with the details of your case that they’re fully prepared for every possible question that might come up in court.
In other words, you want to make sure everyone who will be fighting and speaking on your behalf in court is not only qualified, but capable of making the right impression on a judge and jury. Keep this in mind when choosing your legal team and working on your case.