Facts vs. Expert Witness
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module 1.2 is an interesting one. It's going to talk about the difference between a fact and an expert witness
fact witnesses or lay with or lay witnesses,
our witnesses that are going to testify
where, as an expert witness is by definition going to talk with some expertise
in this video, we're going to cover the difference between fact or lay witnesses and expert witnesses.
Ah, fact witnesses going to testify to what they saw, heard or found
they're going to testify. Thio. I saw this.
I heard the gunshot.
I found the body
they're not gonna testify to. I did a whole bunch of analysis and I found out that the blood type of this individual was O negative
or I saw the individual typing on the computer.
this. I found
the computer turned on.
That's what they're going to testify to.
They're not gonna testify to. I did a bunch of analysis.
They have knowledge that does not require specialized training. Fact witness doesn't have to have any training again. They're testifying to what they saw their typically an eyewitness.
And because of that, they typically don't offer any opinions or draw any conclusions.
They are out there for just the fax,
and that is what their role is.
An expert witness, on the other hand, possesses specialized training and experience.
They examine evidence and data in the scientific method. Here's that scientific method again that we talked about in the last module,
and they're often asked for and provide opinions based on analysis and their experience.
There's a process that will talk about early on in the
expert witness process. Notice raw, dire
and during vod ear voir dire.
the witness and expert is going to go through all of their training and experience. They're gonna be qualify. What's known as qualified as an expert
and being qualified as an expert
is what allows you under the rules and under just general procedure to be ableto offer opinions and conclusions. We'll talk about how to draw opinions and conclusions and when to draw opinions and conclusions as we go through this course.
In summary, we covered the difference between fact or lay witnesses and expert witnesses