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Houston, TX, United States, 2007/10/27 - A new professional journal launches with a look at how expert witnesses handle – and mishandle – evidence in litigation and investigations - ExpertWitnessDevelopmentJournal.com.
Whether it’s a failed machinery part or accounting records or computer data, evidence in litigation undergoes examination by more and more experts as attorneys and courts try to unravel complicated matters.
And the more investigators, the more chances for spoliation or disqualification of the evidence.
Expert Witness Development Journal launched its first issue in October with a four-part feature on how experts can prevent evidence spoliation and the possible exclusion of it by a judge.
Veteran expert witness and metallurgist R. Craig Jerner, Ph.D., P.E., provides an overview of this important issue, as well as case studies and protocol information.
The online journal, aimed at professionals who serve as expert witnesses in litigation matters, covers a wide range of news and information for this growing field.
“Expert Witness Development Journal also offers members-only, interactive forums that experts can use to communicate with each other about issues and concerns that they encounter, whether it’s something in the lab or in the courtroom,” said Catherine Mitchell, editor.
The monthly journal’s mission includes aiding its members in maintaining their professional credentials through participation as contributors and editorial or advisory board members.
“As professionals are called on more and more to contribute to the legal process, there is a need for professional development information that specifically addresses this cross-disciplinary function,” noted Mitchell. “The range of experts who serve the legal system makes it imperative that these professionals have a forum to ensure they meet the high standards of the courts.”