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Chapter 10 (cont.) Trial: Opening statements are a brief version of the facts and the supporting evidence that they will present during the trial. It is helpful for jurors who are on a case that can drag on for weeks or even months. Evidence is a major part of a trial. Courts have complex rules about what types of evidence may be presented and how the evidence may be brought out during the trial. Evidence may not be permitted in court if it is not relevant to the trial. o Testimonial evidence consists of statements by competent witnesses. Lay witnesses are people who are called to testify on factual matters that
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Unformatted text preview: would be understood by an average citizen. • A lay witness can’t give medical testimony. Expert witness is there to give factual evidence on something that they study or have a degree in the matter. They are there to verify that something would be possible to happen. • Expert witnesses may base their opinions on three types of information: o Facts or data in which they have personal knowledge about. o Material presented at trial o Secondhand information given to the expert outside the courtroom....
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