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AFTE Knowledge and Ability Factors

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1. Knowledge of legal search requirements and restrictions governing access to the crime scene and materials that can be legally seized
6. Knowledge of legal requirements for the preservation of evidence (Chain of Custody)
17. Knowledge of the proper methodologies for the written documentation of scientific results
18. Knowledge of how to prepare reports for peer review
21. Knowledge of testing procedures (protocol) commonly used to examine evidence, the expected results from each, and when to apply each
94. Knowledge of the types of legal vs. illegal ammunition
145. Knowledge of legal requirements (e.g., Daubert and Frye cases) and the protocols for the presentation of scientific evidence
146. Knowledge of appropriate legislation and statutory definitions as applied to the expert witness
147. Knowledge of courtroom procedures regarding the testimony of expert witnesses
148. Knowledge of the proper demeanor for testifying in legal proceedings
149. Knowledge of the preparation and use of demonstrative evidence (such as displays, etc.)
99. Ability to interpret and present technical results and their significance in lay terms
100. Ability to look professional and maintain a professional demeanor while testifying in legal proceedings
101. Ability to listen to and comprehend statements and questions made during legal proceedings
102. Ability to present effective testimony that is thorough and objective using good communication skills
103. Ability to prepare and use visual displays in legal proceedings
105. Ability to advocate only the propriety of the casework that was performed, and not the position of either the prosecution or the defense

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