Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge

Certified Forensic Consultant Body of Knowledge

by American College of Forensic Examiners Institute


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498752077
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Series: Center for National Threat Assessment , #1
Pages: 95
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

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

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