Expert Witnesses: Criminal Cases (West)

Posted: 16 May 2010

See all articles by Wes R. Porter

Wes R. Porter

Golden Gate University School of Law

Date Written: 2009


This book discusses whether to include an expert in a criminal case and how to determine whether your case presentation could benefit from expert testimony and opinions. It also presents the different areas of expert testimony appearing in criminal cases so that the legal authorities cited and analysis provided may be applied to the next burgeoning topic area of expert testimony. Finally, the book demonstrates how trial courts and reviewing appellate courts decide issues related to expert witnesses and expert testimony and how to successfully anticipate these issues before and during trial when it can still make a difference.

The book also: -discusses notice and discovery, including strategy decisions and best practices -provides Westlaw® queries to assist with research -profiles specific areas of expert testimony in criminal cases and discusses the best practices of presenting it -discusses other options to presenting an expert witness at trial, including lay witnesses, consultants, and summary witnesses.

Keywords: expert, expert witness, hybrid witness, law enforcement witness, summary witness, expert consultant, FRE 702, Daubert, disclosures, criminal, evidence, expert testimony, expert opinion, forensic evidence

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K19, K30, K39, K40, K41, K49

Suggested Citation

Porter, Wes R., Expert Witnesses: Criminal Cases (West) (2009). Available at SSRN:

Wes R. Porter (Contact Author)

Golden Gate University School of Law ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94105
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