• A New Resource on Expert Witnesses in Juvenile A/N/D and TPR Proceedings

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    When you think about admitting expert testimony, do any of these questions come to mind?

    • How does a witness get qualified to be an expert?
    • How certain does an expert need to be to offer an opinion?
    • What can an expert testify about (or not)? Causes of physical injuries? The credibility and characteristics of allegedly abused children?

    Or maybe you have a physical reaction to words and phrases like Daubert, reliable principles and methods, or scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge.

    Recently, I taught a class on expert witnesses with a focus on juvenile abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights matters. As part of that session, I prepared a handout that provides quick access to the pertinent rules of evidence, required steps, and proper subject matter for testimony. The Expert Witness Quick Reference Guide, as I am calling it, seems to have been received well and I thought others may benefit from having the resource in court or elsewhere.

    The resource is available for download on the School of Government’s Juvenile Law microsite, here. I hope you find it useful.


    Timothy Heinle joined the School of Government in 2020. Timothy works as part of the School’s Public Defense Education program, focusing primarily on juvenile abuse, neglect, and dependency, and incompetency and guardianship matters.
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