Forensic, General & Medical
Expert Witnesses

Qualifying an Expert Witness

This guide will discuss the requirements that you must be able to establish before a court will accept your testimony as an expert witness. It will discuss specific federal and state rules regarding the qualification of specific expert witnesses. It will also discuss the factors that courts consider when determining if an expert witness qualifies under the Frye or Daubert standards. It will also discuss the voir dire process of expert witnesses.

  • Getting Expert Witness Testimony Admitted in Criminal Cases

    Experts witnesses are often indispensable in criminal cases because they provide services that no one else can such as explaining complicated matters and confusing details. New evidence is discovered, guilt is easier to observe and a reconstruction of the incident is possible using an expert witness.

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  • How to Properly Qualify an Expert Witness during Trial

    Expert witness qualifications are important so that they qualify for presenting testimony in court and explaining confusing or complicated matters. However, to property qualify an expert for a case going to trial depends on the state or federal matters and what type of expert’s knowledge is necessary for the courtroom.

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  • Field of Expertise of an Expert Witness - How to Establish

    The field of expertise is important for any testifying witness, but it is crucial to ensure the reliability of the subject matter from an expert witness that will testify about the subject in his or her background. To ensure that the reliability exists, there are certain qualifications that the professional must present and an interview he or she must pass.

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  • Qualification of an Expert Witness under Federal Law

    Expert witnesses hired for cases must pass the qualifications through federal law before testimony is admissible in a court of law. Even though many professionals claim to be an expert witness, they cannot pass the qualifications through a judge as based on the federal mandates, and this could lead to many claims with disqualification of the expert.

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  • Qualifying an Expert Witness During Voir Dire

    When an expert witness is necessary for a case, he or she is usually qualified by experience in a specific field of study or research, knowledge of the subject matter and how well he or she is able to explain the details to the average person. This individual has the capacity to draw conclusions about an incident or issue from skill, experience, observation and the evidence provided.

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  • How to Qualify an Expert Witness

    The requirements for qualifying an expert witness are different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, in many jurisdictions an expert must be formally tendered as such and accepted by the court before being allowed to offer opinion testimony.

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