It is essential to remember that your client – not you as the expert – in this protocol- is being represented.
One of the biggest mistakes an expert can make is thinking they know best for their clients and forgetting proper expert witness protocol. This leads to a disconnect between different parties, which ends up hurting everyone in the long run. Better expert witnesses will constantly communicate with their clients, so both sides have equal representation during proceedings or meetings with opposing counsels.
Expert witnesses should be able to explain everything from background information about themselves, including qualifications, experience, expertise, etc., while also explaining what role they play regarding the case. Keep all communications professionals when these protocols since anything else can reflect poorly on your expert witness ability.
When expert witness testimony is given, it is essential to know the type of protocol to provide accurate and precise information. Communication can be broken down into three main points: preparation, presentation, and post-testimony follow-up.
This blog post will discuss these three points of this type of protocol in depth.
The first point is expert witness preparation. This includes reviewing client materials, case timeline, and export reports to determine how the expert’s opinion will fit into the overall strategy of the case. In addition, it is essential to know what information has already been disclosed to avoid repetition during testimony.
The second point is expert presentation protocol which can be broken down into three categories: general rules for expert witnesses, technical matters regarding expert reports and examination practice guides (EPGs), and recommendations for making compelling objections during cross-examination.
Finally, post-testimony follow-up should include a list of any additional questions that may arise after trial. Still, before closing, arguments or judgment on damages are rendered by either party involved in the litigation process concerning your expertise on this matter.
The expert witness should follow up with the defense attorney to ensure that all of these questions are answered appropriately. This is an excellent opportunity for expert witnesses to expand their professional relationships and enhance expert-client communication.
In conclusion, expert witnesses should always be aware of the importance of expert witness communication protocol in a successful litigation process. By following these three rules, expert testimony can prove to be very effective and increase your chances of producing favorable results for you as an expert witness during trial proceedings.