Engineers on the Witness Stand: Guidelines for Expert Testimony

by John Huston, (M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Corpus Christi, Texas,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 2, Pg. 82-83

Document Type: Feature article


Expert testimony can be an interesting and satisfying experience, but it is important to know how to be a good witness. By becoming familiar with the process of direct testimony and cross-examination and understanding a number of nontechnical guidelines, testifying can become enjoyable. Guidelines covering procedure and demeanor during the initial contact with the attorney, the familiarization conferences, the deposition and the direct and cross-examination are discussed in the article.

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