Art vs Craft Expert Evidence in the England and Wales Criminal Justice System

MacLeod, Nicola (2021) Art vs Craft Expert Evidence in the England and Wales Criminal Justice System. Language and Law = Linguagem e Direito, 8 (1). pp. 43-58. ISSN 2183-3745

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This article describes procedures surrounding expert testimony in U.S. federal courts, exemplifying with details of an expert’s experience in one case. The exemplar is a civil (not criminal) case brought for defamation, tried to a jury in a federal district court, and subsequently appealed to a higher court. The article discusses reasons for which attorneys retain expert linguists, why courts welcome experts when their testimony is deemed helpful in deciding a disputed fact but exclude them if they are not qualified or the proffered testimony is deemed insufficiently helpful or possibly prejudicial to a jury. The article concludes with observations about the pros and cons of serving as a linguistics expert in contested legal matters in an adversarial system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expert evidence, determining meaning, standards, drill.
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 15:31
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 15:45

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