How Jurors View Expert Testimony ?  

A juror is a person who is part of the jury. This person is usually a layman called upon to do his or her jury duty and is invested with the responsibility of pronouncing the accused guilty or innocent based on all the evidence provided by the prosecutor and the defendant. A juror needs to use sound judgment when listening to a case.

When it comes to an individual case that is criminal in nature or civil the juror does not carry in depth knowledge of other factors that decide the course of the course. When it comes to the technical details of a case, jurors are just ordinary people who do not have technical knowledge. Jurors depend on expert’s testimony for criminal cases, especially to a large extent simply because they do not have expertise to understand the intricate technical details of the case. Jurors can only tell the difference between wrong and right and if a crime was committed or not.

However, to know how the crime occurred and how it was done, jurors have to depend on forensic evidence. To evaluate the forensic evidence the jurors, in turn, would have to depend on forensic expert’s views. The dependency of jurors to decide a case and the gap that the dependency creates is bridged by the expert’s testimony. More often than not jurors have tremendous value for an expert’s testimony unless and until it is opposed by the prosecutor. Every case comes to a stand still if the expert’s testimony is unclear and therefore, it is all the more important for jurors to have clarity of the expert testimony.

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