Ten commandments at trial

If you are serving as an expert witness, following these ten commandments at trial will enhance your credibility and help your case.

  1. Dress neatly.
  2. Be polite and respectful to the judge, the jury, the attorneys, the plaintiff, and the defendant.
  3. Maintain privacy in and out of the courtroom.
  4. Be prepared for your testimony, recognizing that records may not be available.
  5. Know the basis of the case as well as your limits.
  6. Work with the attorney in preparing for the case.
  7. Maintain a pleasant tone and demeanor.
  8. Listen to the question and answer it honestly.
  9. Don’t be argumentative or nonresponsive.
  10. Make sure the opinions you express at trial are consistent with those you expressed during the discovery deposition and in written documents.