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A person qualified by education, training, experience, occupation, present position, degrees held, publications and professional organization membership that establishes authority as an expert to give opinions

expert witness

Forensic medicine A person qualified by education, training, experience, occupation, present position, degrees held, publications and professional organization membership that establishes authority as an expert to give opinions; EWs are permitted to offer opinions in court related to their area of expertise which would not be permitted a witness without such status. See Expert. Cf Hired gun, Whore.

ex·pert wit·ness

(eks'pĕrt wit'nĕs)
In health care, someone with special training who testifies for the defense or prosecution in a court case to clarify esoteric points for the jury or judge.

ex·pert wit·ness

(eks'pĕrt wit'nĕs)
In health care, someone with special training who testifies for the defense or prosecution in court.
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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.
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.

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