One of the most important aspects of a good digital forensic case is the ability for the evidence to hold up in court. This often hinges on the quality of the expert witness in the case. At AMR, our specialists are trained to be ready to function as Expert Witnesses.
- Being able to explain facts in an accurate, clear way that the judge and/or jury understands
Don’t assume that someone, no matter how intelligent and articulate they may be, who does not understand the intricacies of Digital Forensic Recovery can professionally explain your evidence. Technical jargon can be both under or over utilized, leading to your evidencing being undermined before it is even truly considered. An expert witness will offer you the simplest explanation of your evidence that is suitable for your case, ensuring that the expert testimony enhances your chances in court or elsewhere.
- Being able to find errors in the testimony or evidence of your adverse party.
The best Digital Forensic experts can not only support your case, but they can help you find errors in the digital evidence of your adverse party. This could even lead to your adverse party’s digital evidence being thrown out.
- Ensure questions (especially from opposing counsel) are limited to a given area
A good expert witness will ensure that the judge and/or jury’s attention is kept focused on what’s important: the evidence. Many lawyers will attempt to ask questions that are outside of expert witness’s area of expertise in an attempt to cast doubt on the witness, and therefore on the evidence. A good expert witness will clearly stay on track by outlining his or her area of expertise and explaining that a given question is outside of his or her area of expertise.
- Ensure that incorrect conclusions are not drawn
While it may be possible for counsel to provide the judge and/or jury with evidence in a satisfactory manner, the opposing counsel will, inevitably, attempt to cast doubt on the validity of this evidence. Using an expert witness when presenting technical evidence in court allows you to be in a much stronger position. It is much more likely that an expert witness will be able to spot and correct small errors in the evidence and correct these errors before they discredit your evidence as opposed to a layman who, due to the lack of knowledge, may not be able to see these errors or be able to correct them.