Expert Evidence

Expert Evidence
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Role of the Expert
This video defines and discusses the expert witness' role and responsibilities.
Ethics and Standards
Various legal and forensic specialists examine the behaviors and accountabilities that must be demonstrated by expert witnesses.
Credentials and Technology
Professor Barbara Etter (Edith Cowan University), police forensic investigator Karl Kent and Sam Norton of Robert Stary Lawyers discuss the challenges posed by evolving technologies when developing and presenting expert…
Credibility and Experience
Former Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent, Professor David Denton of Victoria University and others present their perspective on the importance of expert witnesses' credibility and experience.
Expert Witness Preparation
This video discusses the do's and don't of preparation for court testimony and cross-examination.
Pre-appearance Discussions
Sam Norton (Robert Stary Lawyers) and Karl Kent (Victoria Police Forensic Services Department) discuss with Professor Barbara Etter (Edith Cowan University) the importance of pre-appearance discussions with relevant parties.
Effective Written Reports
Stephen Cordner (Forensic Medicine, Monash University) and David Wells (Forensic Medicine, Victoria Institute of Forensic Medicine) outline essential aspects of preparing effective written reports.
Presenting Reports and Opinions
This video canvasses the elements that must comprise effective presentation of reports and opinions for court.
Presentation Skills
Legal and forensic experts present invaluable advice about the importance of good presentation in court and arbitral contexts.
Mistakes and Challenges
Anyone can make mistakes when presenting expert evidence in an adversarial legal context: this video canvases ways to avoid them, and how to meet the many challenges positively.
Miscarriages of Justice
Miscarriages of justice occur for sometimes the most slender, even avoidable reasons. This video presents some of the better-known Australian miscarriages of justice.
Top Tips
In the final video of this series, legal and forensic experts share excellent and easy-to-remember tips for expert witnesses seeking to improve performance in the courtroom.
Case Study 1
This case study examines the error of acting outside one's area of expertise. The expert is being asked to explain the process of ouchterlony, an immunological technique used to detect…
Case Study 2
This case study demonstrates the importance of preparation for presentation in court. The scenario demonstrates where an expert witness, Dr Jodie Witkowski, has failed to organise her notes. Her lack…
Case Study 3
This case study is a comparison between well-presented and poorly presented evidence. In this scenario, the expert is being asked about his investigation of a boat's sinking rate. As part…
Case Study 4
This case study likewise involves the contrast between well-presented and poorly presented evidence. In this scenario, the expert is being asked to explain the likelihood of DNA being accidentally transferred…
Case Study 5
A comparison between a question asked in an unclear manner by the lawyer, and a clearly asked question. In this scenario, the lawyer is attempting to undermine the expert witness's…
Case Study 6
In this scenario, the barrister is asking the expert about a sample taken from a corridor in a crime scene. The expert is being asked to explain the process of…
Case Study 7
In the first example, the expert, forensic scientist Dr Fred Anderson, makes the statement, with a questioning intonation in his voice. The second example, the same words, but delivered with…
Case Study 8
In the first example, the expert, Dr Jodie Witkowski, makes the statement that suggests uncertainty about her material. No eye contact to the judge. The second example, the expert clearly…
Case Study 9
In the first example, the expert, Joe Bednall, appears to be mostly reading his evidence and doesn't give the impression he's across his material. The second example, the expert reads…
Case Study 10
In this first example, the expert, Dr Jodie Witkowski is flustered, causing the barrister to prompt her. The second example, the expert crisply delivers her statement with assurance, with occasional…

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