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expert witness

A witness in a court case or other legal proceeding, or in an arbitration proceeding, who, by virtue of his experience, training, skill, and knowledge of a particular field or subject, is recognized as being especially qualified to render an informed opinion on matters relating to that field or subject.
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Voir dire--A French phrase ("to speak the truth") that relates to the review process used by attorneys to determine the qualifications of both 1) potential jurors, and 2) potential expert witnesses.
1992), the court acknowledged the validity of a contingent-fee contract between a medical malpractice plaintiff and a medical legal consulting service, under which the service agreed to review relevant medical records and locate expert witnesses to testify, in exchange for 20 percent of any recovery received.
So we are committed to giving members the confidence and knowledge they need to equip themselves as expert witnesses and mitigate risk.
And even in criminal cases, in many civil law countries it is possible that, apart from experts appointed by the court, the prosecutor and the defendant introduce expert witnesses.
The Supreme Court allowed the appeal by a majority of five to two, rejecting argument that expert witnesses would be discouraged from providing their services if they were liable to be sued for breach of duty.
While real courtroom trials do not play out this way, there is a certain amount of psychology at play in the interaction between attorneys and expert witnesses.
The ACS also established seven guidelines for the behavior of physicians acting as expert witnesses.
For information on locating expert witnesses, refer to the module on "Locating and Working with Testifying Experts" in the Core Curriculum for Legal Nurse Consulting[R] textbook and the CLNC[R] Certification Program.
It became patently obvious that there was a dramatic need for a system that would enforce honesty and accountability among expert witnesses.
THE role and remit of expert witnesses have emerged in the 109-page judgement in the Bags case as issues that caught the attention of the judge, Mr Justice Morgan, writes Howard Wright.
I think that the pharmaceutical industry will have a lot more work for expert witnesses in the future, and down the road more demand will come from the environmental area," says Henry Nowicki, Ph.