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Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge

1st Edition

By American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

CRC Press

77 pages

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In a proper court setting, experts in various fields are often asked to provide testimony and evidence on numerous professional topics. To be able to effectively testify in a courtroom requires knowledge, training, experience, and expertise. The materials presented in Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge provide the necessary information to prepare and give effective testimony in a courtroom trial.

This book covers all aspects of preparation and conduct during the trial process relevant to forensic expert consultants, with focused chapters that review the details of

  • The legal system
  • Marketing consultation services
  • Litigation processes, themes, and strategies
  • General legal principles
  • Expert witness payment
  • The discovery process
  • The forensic expert’s deposition
  • The trial process and the forensic expert’s role in it
  • Professional practices

In using this book, readers will learn about the complete court process, from the opening arguments to the establishment of proper fees, ways to correctly testify in a professional manner, the forensic expert’s role in litigation, and the conclusion of the trial. The Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge provides a thorough guide to the process of giving forensic expert testimony in the courtroom.

Table of Contents

Understanding the Legal System

Overview of the Court System

State Courts

Federal Courts

An Understanding of the Court System

Lawsuit Procedures

Marketing Consultation Services

Attorney Considerations in Contracting an Expert

Expert Marketing Considerations

Establishing Appropriate Consulting Fees

Establishing Procedures for Contracts

Litigation Processes, Themes, and Strategies

Initial Interview of the Attorney and the Potential Client

Attorney Considerations in Deciding to Use a Forensic Expert

Disclosure Considerations for the Forensic Expert


General Legal Principles

Federal Rules of Civil Procedures

Federal Rules of Evidence

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Motions and the Forensic Expert

Typical Elements of a Negligence Claim

Disclosing Notes in Accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Expert Witness Payment

The Importance of Retention

Methods for Collecting Various Consultation Fees

Establishing Appropriate Consultation Fees

Appropriate Retainer Etiquette

The Discovery Process

The Attorney’s Role

The Forensic Expert’s Role

The Inspection

The Formal Written Report or Affidavit

Reading the Subpoena

The Forensic Expert’s Deposition

Preparing for the Deposition

The Deposition

Conclusion of the Deposition

After the Deposition

The Trial

The Role of the Forensic Expert in the Trial Strategy

Preparing for Trial

The Trial Process

After the Trial

Professional Practices

The Role of Credibility, Reputation, and Professional Discipline in Forensic Consulting

Stipulating Responsibilities to the Attorney

Sharing Files Appropriately

Final Billing

Concluding on a Good Note


About the Author

The Center for National Threat Assessment (CNTA) is an intellectual property management group that is responsible for overseeing the certification process of professionals in homeland security, forensics, psychotherapy, and integrative medicine. CNTA manages the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Leading professionals from the four associations provide CNTA with a pool of intellectual capital and enhance the field of their respective profession by writing and publishing important articles in four monthly peer-reviewed journals: Inside Homeland Security, The Forensic Examiner, the Annals of American Psychotherapy, and The American Association of Integrative Medicine Journal. The CNTA is responsible for the maintenance and development of over 32 certifications in homeland security, forensics, psychotherapy, and integrative medicine. The CNTA strives for all of its exams and certification processes to be psychometrically valid and meet the American National Standards Institute’s 17024 international standards for personnel certification.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science