NTSB Probable Cause Safety Investigations FAA Role Accident Reports and Litigation Witness Statements Legal Issues of Accident Response Planning Private Accident Investigations - Work Product Protection Accident Liability Comparative Fault Airline, air taxi, corporate and G/A accident issues ICAO
3. Pilot’s Duty of Care and Legal Aspects of Selected Safety Regulations Role of Governmental Agencies in Enforcing Aviation Safety Regulations FAA Enforcement Alternatives Administrative/Criminal Action Compliance with Safety Regulations Deviation and Non-Compliance Affirmative Defenses, Waivers and Mitigating Factors Aviation Standards of Care: FAR’s, Advisory Circulars Special Legal Doctrines Involving Aviation Safety Case Study – Analyzing legal issues Burden of Proof, negligence FAA’s Emergency Orders Accident/Incident Reports
4. Product Liability Strict Liability in Tort Basic Elements Persons Liable
25 – 26 Aug 2008
20 – 21 Jan 2009
24 – 25 Aug 2009
Course Duration: 2.0 Days
rOLE OF THE TECHNICAL WITNESS IN LITIGATION (TWW)
Most evidence in litigation is introduced through the use of technically- qualified “expert” witnesses. The judgments rendered are dependent on the quality of the witnesses and the evidence presented. This course is designed to improve the quality of technical testimony. Attorneys and experienced technical witnesses teach the course to provide a bal- anced presentation.
Objectives: To provide practical instruction and demonstration in the skills and techniques needed by individuals who serve as technical consultants or witnesses in litigation.
Who Should Attend: This course is particularly valuable to any aviation professional who may give testimony in hearings, deposition or trial as well as consultants, investigators, safety managers, union represen- tatives and managers whose responsibilities may involve them in the legal process. Experienced expert witnesses will find the course both challenging and informative to help them enhance their role as an expert/technical witness. Also individuals who may wish to enter this profession or, because of their job, may become involved in litigation from accidents will find this course beneficial.
The Litigation Process The United States Legal System Origins of U.S. Common Law The Federal and State Systems Sources of Law Structure of U.S. Courts The Legal Profession The Jury System Pre-Trial Discovery Objectives/Forms of Discovery Overview of Related Theories of Liability
The Rules of Evidence Admissibility of Evidence and Testimony Rules Pertaining to Experts
3. The Role, Qualifications and Characteristics of the Technical Witness