Today we released “What to Expect When You’re an Expert Witness,” a guide to help scientists know what to expect—and what to safeguard against—when they agree to provide expert testimony to judges and juries.
With the impacts of climate change becoming more apparent, various parties are using litigation—sometimes in novel ways—to push lawmakers to address mitigation and adaptation strategies, and attempt to hold fossil fuel producers liable for climate-related damage.
As such cases progress and multiply, there will be an increasing demand for climate scientists and scientists with relevant training to serve as expert witnesses to assist judges and juries in understanding the science underlying these arguments.
These developments present an exciting opportunity for scientists to participate in the legal process. However, it is important for a scientist considering serving as an expert witness to understand what the process involves.
Check out our complete list of reports and publications for more resources designed to educate the scientific community about the legal system, their rights, and their responsibilities.