Court Rules Committee Moves To Stiffen Expert Standard

Law360 (June 23, 2021, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A U.S. courts committee is backing a proposed rule change that would tighten up standards for expert witnesses to get in front of juries, after major businesses complained that unscientific evidence was making its way into courtrooms.

The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure — colloquially known as the "Standing Committee" — on Tuesday approved a proposal to add additional wording to Federal Rule of Evidence 702. That rule contains the rubric by which judges decide whether parties' chosen experts' scientific evidence is strong enough that they may testify in jury trials.

The wording would clarify that experts' opinions must...

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