Trials drag on. Lawyers go back and forth. Juries try to sift through the facts and testimony to make sense of it all. When there is a difficult subject during a trial, it can be almost impossible for lawyers to make a jury understand it. That’s where expert witness testimony is there to save the day. A lawyer’s expertise is the law. When they need a jury to understand something complex like scientific principles or tough financial principles, an expert witness can help make sense of the mess.
When to call in an expert
If you, as a lawyer, are having difficulty understanding the concepts behind your trial, then you can bet that a jury is also going to have difficulty. If they can’t understand the facts of the case, they can’t make a fair decision. Don’t let that happen. Always call on an expert witness to help explain something that even you as an attorney can’t understand. Experts are there to make sure that your jury knows the important facts behind your case.
Not all experts are an asset
Just because you’re an expert in your field doesn’t mean that you’re going to make a favorable impression on the jury. Your expert needs to be presentable and very well-spoken, too. Armed with not just expert knowledge in a particular field, they should also be a credible witness on the stand. Do they have a great track record in helping cases? Can they show you how many cases that they’ve worked on in the past and how they impacted the favorable outcomes of those cases? In many instances, just speaking with an expert witness and looking at their body of work can influence your decision to hire them.
When juries must grasp difficult concepts, especially scientific principles that aren’t studied in the majority of educational facilities but are learned on the job, an expert witness is going to help cases tremendously. Not only will they bolster a case with more information but they will help a jury understand, in novice language, exactly what kind of concepts they need to grasp to make a fair decision. It’s never a wise thing to go into a trial involving complicated principles without a great witness on your side. This expert testimony can be the difference between winning a case and losing it.