This course identifies the knowledge and skills you need to be a qualified, well-prepared and successful expert witness. You will review the legal standards used to evaluate an expert witness, examine the traits needed to be an ideal expert witness, learn how to give expert testimony and compose proper expert reports.
You Will Learn How To:
Identify the legal standards for giving expert testimony
Determine how to become the ideal expert witness
Evaluate the relevance and admissibility of testimony
Assess how to create expert reports
Identify what communications and information are confidential and privileged
Evaluate what testimony is effective during depositions, direct testimony and cross-examination
Recognize the ethical guidelines that apply when testifying
Field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Last updated: November 2016
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Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Roles of CFEs in Litigation
Lesson 2: Legal Standards for Expert Testimony
Lesson 3: Qualifications of Expert Witnesses
Lesson 4: Becoming the Ideal Expert Witness
Lesson 5: Subject Matter of Testimony in Fraud Cases
Lesson 6: Admissibility
Lesson 7: Privileges and Confidentiality
Lesson 8: Expert Reports
Lesson 9: Depositions
Lesson 10: Direct Examination Techniques for Expert Witnesses
Lesson 11: Surviving Cross-Examination
Lesson 12: Ethical Issues for Expert Witnesses
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