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Forensic Ch1

Testifying in court

What does a forensic scientist do as an expert witness? can give professional opinions based on test results, and their own knowledge, they are the only witnesses allowed to state their opinion in court.
What has the Us Supreme Court ruled that a Forensic scientist is allowed to say in court? The testimony must be reliable and relevant to the case, the federal judge determines if the forensic evidence is relevant to the case and if the evidence is reliable
When do the Federal rules of Evidence state that an expert witness may testify ? The testimony is based on rufficient facts or data. the testimony is based on reliable methods, and the forensic scientist has been accurate and reliable in their work.
What must a forensic scientist be ready to do when testifying in court? to present evidence to the court, explain how the evidence was tested, explain what techniques were used, know the error rates with that type of evidence, be ready to answer questions from the judge
What is important when testifying under oath in a court of law? truthfulness and ethics
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