By Fred Chris Smith
Details know-how is an more and more huge consider felony court cases. In instances huge and small, from the U.S. Government's antitrust go well with opposed to Microsoft company, to civil complaints filed over the failure of a community, to legal circumstances within which the authenticity of digital facts is puzzled, the testimony of a technical professional is vital. yet with the intention to be potent, knowledgeable technical witness wishes even more than an figuring out of the expertise in question.A consultant to Forensic Testimony is the 1st ebook to handle the explicit wishes of the IT specialist witness. it's going to arm you with the instruments you must testify successfully. within you can find every thing from an outline of uncomplicated witness tasks and demanding situations to a deeper exploration of what produces profitable technical testimony. Written through a working laptop or computer defense authority who has served as a technical witness, and an ordeal legal professional who makes a speciality of how electronic facts and laptop forensics are changing litigation, this ebook is your consultant to the advanced forensic panorama that awaits the professional technical witness.This e-book incorporates a wealth of knowledge and adventure from front strains, together with firsthand money owed of the demanding situations confronted through professional technical witnesses, useful in-court examples, and priceless suggestion. one of the themes lined are:The evolution of the specialist IT witness and the transforming into felony dependence on technical services felony standards verified to figure out the skills and skills of a technical specialist to face as a witness the types of instances and difficulties which are apt to be encountered in electronic forensic assignments harm prompted whilst the principles of professionalism and ethics are overlooked or misapplied the development and upkeep of a high-quality specialist dating among professional and legal professional The production and use of visible instruments in court testimony how you can enhance the demeanor and non-verbal verbal exchange abilities of the technical witnessWhether you're a knowledge technologist requested to function a professional witness, a lawyer who works with details know-how specialists, a company chance supervisor, or a consumer whose pursuits are plagued by the functionality of IT specialists, you are going to profit vastly from A advisor to Forensic Testimony.
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In addition to doing art detective work and fine art appraisals, Ewell also teaches other art appraisers how to testify effectively as experts in this highly subjective field. Since 1985, he has conducted training for the American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser. The lessons he has drawn from his experiences on the witness stand and in preparing for and giving lengthy depositions in cases destined to settle have made his lesson plans for passing on his skills as an expert witness easy to understand and to apply by those students who catch the testifying bug.
Besides, doesn't it really all boil down to whether or not you can stand to work with a bunch of lawyers and are willing to exhibit yourself before a judge or jury? On the other hand, you might finish reading what has been covered so far in this chapter and come away with the idea that you would simply like to give IT forensics a try and that there is little left to be said on the subject of technical expert witnesses. What could be simpler for a qualified expert than to be shown some pictures, traipse around the countryside or collect some bugs, and, based on his or her knowledge, education, and training, to give a reasoned opinion about an issue in a lawsuit?
But when the jury returns, each reassumes correct courtroom demeanor and the trial continues.   Goff, A Fly for the Prosecution, p. 174. IT experts, like other forensic expert witnesses, should learn to appreciate not only the many lawyer jokes that are often told at times like these but also the stories that lawyers and judges love to tell about experts, complete with examples of preposterous or incomprensible testimony. Both experts and attorneys today play important roles in resolving some of the most controversial and important problems in our society.
A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as an Expert Technical Witness by Fred Chris Smith