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Expert Witness Resources

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Expert Witness Resources in the AACPLL - draft

 

Maryland Rules of Procedure - Evidence

Title 5 - Evidence

Chapter 600. Witnesses

Chapter 700. Opinions and Expert Testimony

 

more general -

PLL:How to Prepare Yourself to Present Your Case

http://www.peoples-law.org/how-prepare-yourself-present-your-case

includes:

Identify and prepare any witnesses

Once you have looked at the legal elements that you must prove, think about whether there are any witnesses. A good witness will:

  • Be able to support a key point in your case;

  • Have “first hand” knowledge of that key point;

  • Not have a reason to lie about the situation;

  • If you need an expert, have the correct expertise; and

  • Be able and willing to testify on the day of the trial.

There is no reason to bring in a witness unless the person can support a key legal point. Especially in small claims court. The judge will want to move the case along as quickly as possible while making sure it is fair. This means that you will not want to waste time on bringing a witness in to prove a minor point.

The witness should have seen, heard or otherwise experienced whatever you want the witness to prove. You do not want to use someone who knows about the problem or incident only because you told them about it. They will not help your case.

Ideally, you want to have a witness who has no incentive to lie for you. For example, your mother may be considered a less credible witness than a local mechanic when you want to show that your car was damaged.

 

not specific to Maryland but written for the non-attorney

NOLO - Represent Yourself in Court -  CH19 Expert Witnesses - explains and includes sample questions

Questioning Your Expert Witness at Trial....................................................................391

Laying a Foundation.....................................................................................................391

Eliciting the Expert’s Testimony ...................................................................................395 Hypothetical Questions.................................................................................................397 Cross-Examining Your Opponent’s Expert Witness.....................................................398

available in print (SELFHELP KF8841 .B47 2010) and online - in the courthouse - on the NOLO Legal Information Reference Center @ http://search.ebscohost.com  

 

Maryland titles with examples of questions but not family law specific

 

Pattern Examinations of Witnesses for the Maryland Lawyer 3rd ed. / Paul Mark Sandler and James K. Archibald. MICPEL, 1996

Part I, section F - Opinions of the Expert

KFM1738,S2 1996

more current edition (4th ed, 2006) on WestlawNext (PEW MD-CLE 3)

https://a.next.westlaw.com/Document/Ib5de883eeab411e498db8b09b4f043e0/View/FullText.html?transitionType=UniqueDocItem&contextData=(sc.Search)&userEnteredCitation=PEW+MD-CLE+3

 

Anatomy of A Trial: A Primer For Young Lawyers / Paul Mark Sandler. MICPEL,

Chapter 5 : DEUS EX MACHINA — THE EXPERT WITNESS

KFM1738 .S25 2008

WestlawNext (ANTR MD-CLE 5-83):Current through the 2008 Edition

https://a.next.westlaw.com/Document/Iab87352febe511e498db8b09b4f043e0/View/FullText.html?transitionType=UniqueDocItem&contextData=(sc.UserEnteredCitation)&userEnteredCitation=ANTR+MD-CLE+5-83#co_pp_sp_116107_5-83

 

Raising the Bar: Practice Tips and Trial Technique for Young Maryland Lawyers / Paul Mark Sandler, Esq. MICPEL, 2006.

Chapter Eight EXPERT WITNESS

KFM1738.Z9 S36 2006

WestlawNext (RTB MD-CLE 269 )Current through the Second Edition 2006

https://a.next.westlaw.com/Document/Iab8735d9ebe511e498db8b09b4f043e0/View/FullText.html?transitionType=UniqueDocItem&contextData=(sc.UserEnteredCitation)&userEnteredCitation=RTB+MD-CLE+269

 

not specific to Maryland but family law specific

WestlawNext

Child Custody Prac. & Proc. § 11:3 Child Custody Practice and Procedure

Chapter 11. Using Experts: Child Custody Evaluations

https://a.next.westlaw.com/Document/I0a29b510428511da94d193abeb71a33f/View/FullText.html?navigationPath=Search%2Fv3%2Fsearch%2Fresults%2Fnavigation%2Fi0ad70527000001506bfffc3360323431%3FNav%3DFORM%26fragmentIdentifier%3DI0a29b510428511da94d193abeb71a33f%26startIndex%3D1%26contextData%3D%2528sc.Search%2529%26transitionType%3DSearchItem&listSource=Search&listPageSource=e246e1d0efe685f6375addb703681ad0&list=ALL&rank=1&grading=na&sessionScopeId=ecc79f0157e3fb177578e8a68f3a5e96&originationContext=Search%20Result&transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=%28sc.Search%29

 

Background - more reading - no samples

 

Maryland Evidence Handbook 4th ed. / Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. LexisNexis, 2010.

CH 14 Expert Testimony

KFM1740.M8 2010

 

Maryland Practice Series: Maryland Evidence State and Federal 3rd ed. / West, 2014.

V. 6 - CH 7 Opinions and Expert Testimony

KFM1740.M52013

WestlawNext: Home > Secondary Sources > Maryland Secondary Sources > Maryland Texts & Treatises > Maryland Practice Series > Maryland Evidence, State & Federal

 

 

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