Info and Resources for Expert Witnesses and Consultants
Expert Witness Qualifications
In order to be an expert witness, you need to have expertise in a certain profession or area of expertise or you need to have a level of training or education on a particular subject matter that others do not have. Does your knowledge and expertise help others understand the any evidence or facts in a case? Can it be used to determine fact? Is your expertise and testimony based on sufficient facts or data? Will your testimony demonstrate established principles? Can you demonstrate that you have applied the expertise or principles that you are testifying about? If you meet these qualifications, you can be accepted as an expert witness.
Why Become an Expert Witness?
There are several reasons why you may want to be an expert or fact witness. You may want to make some extra money, you may have a passion to help others, or you may want to break into a new area of your profession. These are some of the most common reasons but there are many others that aren’t mentioned here.
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF
For many beginning experts, it is often a good idea to complete some training. There are courses that will inform you of the process, and prepare you with what to expect. Many of these courses include practice that will allow you to become more comfortable with various situations.
How to Find Cases
When deciding on what your field of expertise is, you will need to determine how you are going to advertise your services. You need to be careful of how you do this. You do not want to look like a “hired gun;” someone who testifies and lies for the side that has hired them in order to make money. You should hold an honest opinion of the case regardless of who benefits for your expert opinion. The most common way to start spreading the word about your expertise is to list your services in an Expert Witness directory. There you can post all of your qualifications for attorneys to find when they need it.