In several eminent domain cases, expert witnesses
had been hired by attorneys with the expert's compensation limited to the court award at the conclusion of the case.(36) Orders in limine denied the motions to disqualify, finding that the contingent fee contracts between the attorneys and the expert witnesses
went to credibility to be addressed on cross-examination.(37)
As of 1993, only five states had decided cases involving lawsuits against expert witnesses
. Four of these five cases held expert witnesses
accountable for their actions and narrowly construed the protection of witness immunity.
In addition, expert witnesses
should have statements prepared to address any past mistakes or difficult issues that might arise when providing an opinion.
Marra also called on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to meet Black, of Dundee University, and other expert witnesses
to discuss how the legal system may be better served through improved scientific understanding.
There are also a number of other sites that have directories of expert witnesses
Despite Barbara's contention that she could not afford to retain and pay for the medical experts who might have been able to allow her to avoid summary judgment and possibly prevail on her claim, if warranted by the evidence and testimony of her expert witnesses
, vis a vis the expert medical witnesses who were prepared to testify, for JCL.
Several cases state that paying consulting firms involved in providing expert witnesses
for litigants on a contingent-fee basis is improper, even if the expert witness himself is not directly involved in the different payment schemes of his affiliated company.
ISSUE: Expert witnesses
are often called upon in medical negligence cases to provide testimony as to a defendant-physician's breach of the standard of care, and the WVSMA believes that all expert witness testimony should be fair and accurate.
Going forward In the long term, this will inevitably increase the price of expert testimony - the fact that expert witnesses
bear increasing exposure in terms of personal embarrassment during testimony, combined with potential professional negligence claims and the burden of trial preparation, will drive up standards and cause weaker firms to leave the market.
The Supreme Court judges' ruling effectively removed the 400-year-old protection that gave expert witnesses
immunity from suit for breach of duty whether in contract or negligence, in relation to taking part in legal proceedings.
If the latter is the case, this would mean that men and women are treated differently and that at least two Muslim male expert witnesses
of good reputation are required to establish a fact.
AN HISTORIC decision to strip expert witnesses
of their 400-year-old immunity from being sued in the civil courts was welcomed by a Liverpool-based specialist in personal injury cases.