Expert Witness Testimony and FIGG

Thursday September 26th, 2024 // 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm // JW Marriott Hill Country, Room Grand AB

Standard Registration$275.00
Student Registration$125.00

Fees include lunch, break and handouts.


Testifying in forensic cases can often be stressful for witnesses. While testimony regarding DNA technology has been provided for decades, the recent advancements in Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy provide new and emerging considerations for expert witnesses.

With the rapid application of FIGG and the first acceptance of NGS in a criminal court case last year, there is a critical need to update expert testimony skills. As with anything else, practical experience provides a safe space to make mistakes and ask questions. In this workshop, we will provide a basic overview of testifying in FIGG cases for analysts and genealogists. This will include both the basics of expert witness testimony as well as legal considerations for both FIGG and NGS. Attendees will have lectures, be given a mock case, and have an opportunity to testify amongst other experienced experts.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn testimony basics for beginners
  2. Understand special considerations for advanced techniques
  3. Explore mock cases with NGS and FIGG


Intended Audience:

Forensic analysts and forensic genealogists. Some knowledge required.