Putting together a bullet proof court case is difficult, especially when the cards seem stacked against you from the beginning. There are things you can do to help boost the credibility of your case in court, however. Expert witness testimony is one option which can often be the deciding factor between winning a case and losing one. But what constitutes true expert testimony?

A true expert will have an extensive amount of knowledge regarding the subject you need them to. It is very important they have not only a quality reputation, but that their expertise is relevant to your case.  It wouldn’t make sense to call on an elephant expert for a case which involves dogs, for example.

Expert witness testimony

An expert could serve in various fields, depending upon the kind of accident or case at hand. They may be public servants like police officers, firefighters, or emergency medical technicians (EMT). They may also work as doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, or more.

Here are a few questions to ask someone to see if they qualify as an expert witness for your case:

-Is their area of expertise relevant to my case or issue?

-Do they have a minimum of five years’ experience in their field (including schooling or technical training)?

-Is their reputation good? Are they regarded highly in their field?

-Does their testimony or point of view align with my side of the story? (It does no good to find an expert who agrees with the opposing side.)

-Will the testimony provided by this individual aid in boosting the credibility of my case? Could this person’s testimony help me to win?

If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you can feel secure you’ve found the right person to give expert testimony for your case.