Broadening The Field Of Acceptable Expert Witnesses

Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EST) -- We live in a complex society. As a result, many of the lawsuits that are tried are equally complex, often requiring testimony that properly and accurately explains to the jury the particular mechanism, technology or methodology involved in the case.

The law recognizes this need and permits certain witnesses to offer opinion testimony to the jury. These are not fact witnesses, but instead are called expert witnesses.

Jury instructions in most states define expert witnesses as those who possess the necessary skill, learning, training, qualifications and...
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