Testimony before Legislative Bodies the United States Experience

This paper describes how there have been papers and presentations relating to the expert witness in litigation matters including depositions and trial. Testimony before legislative bodies is a separate area requiring different methods and presentations. The differences in these two areas are discussed along with suggested points for testimony in legislative matters. This paper is based upon over 45 years of experience and many appearances at commission, council, board and other hearings. A primary difference between litigation and legislative testimony is the manner of response to questions. In litigation, these must be limited and direct while more latitude is possible and advisable in legislative matters. Testimony in the legislative area is many times a “selling” type or advocacy position, which is not true with litigation for a traffic engineer. Preparation in either case is essential. Important points in legislative testimony include knowledge of material, no guessing, respect for the legislative body, and use of visual aides. It is also noted that staff personnel are many times required to appear before legislative bodies and the points in this paper apply to these appearances as well as to outside presenters.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM;
  • Pagination: 4p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006757
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2005 12:12PM