This event will consist of two parts. During Part One competitors will be given a scenario in which they will prepare predicate questions to qualify an expert witness. Competitors will have twenty (20) minutes to prepare their questions. There will be no points assessed in Part One. During Part Two competitors will meet with the expert witness in front of a panel of judges and qualify the witness with their predicate questions. Competitors will have ten (10) minutes to qualify the witness. To encourage criminal justice students to improve their ability to properly qualify a scientist as a testimonial expert witness in a court of law.
Competitors shall be dressed in Business Professional attire as defined in the TPSA Dress Code Policy.
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This must include the case in which the expert is testifying. Specification of the scientific field of expertise to the competitor. Curriculum Vitae of the Expert Witness.
Room for competitors to prepare predicate questions
Room for competitors to qualify the expert witness
This is the Official Scorecard for the event Qualifying an Expert Witness.
|Qualifying an Expert Witness|
|Point Based||Highest Score Wins|
|Knowledge of Case||0||5|
Qualifying Questions for the Expert Witness
|Demonstrates that the expert is qualified through knowledge, skill, practical experience, training, education, or a combination of these factors.||0||10|
|Put curriculum vitae or resume into evidence.||0||5|
|Tender witness as an expert witness in the field of (scientific field of expertise).||0||5|
|Questioning between 8 - 10 minutes||0||5|
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