Expert witnesses are hired for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons they are hired is to help a jury make sense of a case. If you are a banking expert witness, these are a couple things you can do to help your jury understand the case matter.
Be personable. This one seems a little obvious; however expert witnesses tend to forget it. While you are being called to be a professional witness, be sure to get down to the jury’s level. Don’t use jargon unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do have to use it, be sure to explain it in a way an average person would understand. Not everyone understands finance, that’s why a banking expert witness was called in! Also, make sure to never talk down to a jury. Juries that feel like witnesses are talking to them like they are children won’t act very favorably. Most likely, they’ll tune you out.
Use pictures and charts if allowed. With permission from the court, experts can use photos or charts to show their findings. For example, a banking expert witness might want to show losses in the form of a graph. While crunching the numbers might be hard for a jury to do right then and there, they can see patterns and easily distinguish information using a chart.
Don’t be hostile. This kind of goes with our first point of being personable, but juries who see witnesses act short or frustrated with legal counsel usually discredit the witness. While you can’t control how counsel will treat you on the stand, just remember to stay calm and collected. Ask for further clarification before answering if you don’t fully understand what counsel is asking. Don’t just assume you know what counsel is asking. You are not counsel; you’re the banking expert witness. By keeping a calm demeanor, you not only are being more professional, but juries are more likely to listen.
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