Child Abuse Sexual Assault Testimony

Clinical Guide: Court Testimony

As promised, a clinical guide on issues related to testimony. Please let me know if I have left something out and it can be added in. Every attempt will be made to update this guide on a regular basis.

From FHO:

10 Things: Observations from Court

10 Things: Testimony

Testifying to an Opinion: A Flow Chart

Ethical and Effective Testimony (archived webinar for SAFEta)

10 Things: The FHO Expert Witness Bill of Rights

Physician Expert Testimony (Medscape article)

When There is No Science To Support Your Opinion


The Role of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases [PDF] (J. Markowitz)

Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions [PDF] (J. Long)

A Prosecutor’s Reference–Medical Evidence and the Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cases Involving Adult Victims [PDF] (J. Markowitz)

Articles (full-text and abstracts)

Andrew, L. B. (2006). Expert witness testimony: the ethics of being a medical expert witnessEmergency Medical Clinics of North America24(3), 715-31.

Campbell, R., Long, S. M., Townsend, S. M., Kinnison, K. E., Pulley, E. M., Adames, S. B., & Wasco, S. M. (2007). Sexual assault nurse examiners’ experiences providing expert witness court testimonyJournal of Forensic Nursing3(1), 7-14.

Canaff, R. (2009). Nobility in objectivity: A prosecutor’s case for neutrality in forensic nursingJournal of Forensic Nursing5(2), 89-96.

Cashman, D. P., & Benak, L. D. (2007). Preparing staff for testimony in sexual assault casesJournal of Forensic Nursing3(1), 47-9.

Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management (2009). Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings. Pediatrics, 124(1), 428-38. (FULL-TEXT)

Davies, J. (2005). Admissibility of scientific evidence in courtsMedicine and Law24(2), 243-57.

Ellison, L. (2005). Closing the credibility gap: The prosecutorial use of expert witness testimony in sexual assault cases. The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, 9, 239-268. (FULL-TEXT)

Koehler, S. A. (2009). Types and roles of a witness. Journal of Forensic Nursing5(3), 180-2.

Ledray, L. E., & Barry, L. (1998). SANE expert and factual testimonyJournal of Emergency Nursing24(3), 284-7.

Lonsway, K. (2005, March). The use of expert witnesses in cases involving sexual assault.

Masten, J., & Strzelczyk , J. J. (2001). Admissibility of scientific evidence post-daubertHealth Physics, 81(6), 678-82.

Moreno, J.A. (2013). What do pediatric healthcare experts really need to know about Daubert and the rules of evidence? Pediatric Radiology, 43(2), 135-9. [Note: this is an interesting opinion piece on a very specific area of law related to abusive head trauma, supporting the findings in this excellent article. Those of you working with AHT should check out both. Free full-text available for each.]

Recupero, P. R. (2008). Clinical practice guidelines as learned treatises: understanding their use as evidence in the courtroomJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 36(3), 290-301.

Shelton, D. E. (2008). The CSI effect: Does it really exist? National Institute of Justice Journal 259, 1-7.

Wasarhaley, N.E., Simcic, T.A, & Golding, J.M. (2012). Mock juror perception of sexual assault nurse examiner testimonyViolence & Victimization, 27(4), 500-11.

Wong, J.B., Gostin, L.O., & Cabrera, O.A. (2011). Reference guide on medical testimony. In National Research Council’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press

Yorker , B. C., & Kelley, S. (2003). Case law regarding nurses as expert witnesses in child abuseIssues in Mental Health Nursing24(6-7), 639-45.

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One reply on “Clinical Guide: Court Testimony”

Hi Jen,

Thanks so much for your wealth of information that you graciously share. I was wondering if you have anything that discusses the differeces between a civilian trial and a military trial. I recently testified in a military trial after testifying in several civilian trials and was quite surprised at some of the differences.


Denise Atkinson

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