Discussion Questions

  1. What are the prerequisites for expert testimony before it may be accepted by the court?

  2. What is a court-appointed expert? When is one used? Why?

  3. What protection does the Fifth Amendment give to witnesses?

  4. In what circumstance during trial will the defendant be required to answer questions put to him by the prosecution?

  5. When are leading questions allowed?

  6. Explain the concepts of "present memory revived" and "past recollection recorded."

  7. Give three substantive objections and explain each one.

  8. What is abuse of a witness, and how is it prevented?

  9. When and by whom is opinion evidence admissible?

  10. Name the four stages of questioning and explain each.

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