Maximizing An Expert Witness in Criminal Trials

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Expert witnesses play a valuable role by offering unbiased evidence that helps prove something important to the case. In criminal trials, this testimony is frequently offered by forensic experts. Regardless of their expert knowledge and independent opinions, though, they can be discredited as an expert or shown that their opinion is not without bias by opposing counsel. This course, taught by former Public Defender Saad Siddiqui, will discuss best practices for using and refuting forensic evidence from experts at trial. 

Although this program will focus on criminal trials, the strategies are also applicable to civil litigators, workers’ compensation lawyers, and administrative law attorneys, and any other practice areas where retained experts are required or encountered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find an expert for your next case
  2. Prepare your expert for trial
  3. Present your expert for the deposition or direct examination
  4. Confront opposing counsel’s witness during the cross-examination 

Credit Information

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Saad Siddiqui

Westchester County Department of Law

Saad Siddiqui is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Pace University School of Law. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Siddiqui was an Associate at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP in White Plains, New York where he represented clients in criminal and civil matters. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County. In that capacity he represented hundreds of clients in all types of criminal cases ranging from criminal, traffic, and DWI offenses in local and village courts to murder and other serious felonies at the trial and appellate level.

Presently Mr. Siddiqui is a Senior Assistant County Attorney with the Westchester County Department of Law.