April 27, 2012
Justice O’Donnell Participates in Expert Witness Panel Discussion

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell participated in a panel discussion today on the effective use of experts from a judge’s perspective at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ spring seminar.

As part of the three-day seminar – “Battle of the Experts: Beating Theirs, Winning with Yours” – Justice O’Donnell was joined on the panel by U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward C. Prado and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg.

“Trial judges have a key gate-keeping role when it comes to having expert opinions presented in court,” Justice O’Donnell said. “Counsel are aware of their responsibility in this regard, and judges at all levels need to be cognizant of their duty to assure only competent, reliable testimony is admitted at trial. This is an important responsibility undertaken by judges who deal with these complex issues on a daily basis.”

Defense attorneys learned the techniques to effectively present experts while refuting the testimony of the prosecution’s experts at the seminar.

Justice O’Donnell has been a member of the state judiciary for more than 25 years and has served on both the trial court and appellate court before being elected to the Supreme Court. He began his service on the Supreme Court in 2003 and was elected in 2004 and 2006. His current term will expire in December 2012.

For a high-resolution, publication-quality photo of Justice O'Donnell, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/odonnell_highres.zip.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.