Law And Order

What Is the Role of Expert Witnesses in Court?

In lawsuits, there’s nothing better than to have professionals on your side, agreeing with your truth.  Expert witnesses are there to help you tell your truth, while also informing the judge and jury of any information they may not already know. 

There are no career expert witnesses since they have to be given that title again each time they go to court, but there are better people to choose for witnesses. 

These usually fall in the line of medical experts or other professionals that saw whatever information pertains to the case.

Here is everything an expert witness is expected to do and know in court, and how to pick one for your case.

What qualifications do they need?

Expert witnesses are given their qualifications at the beginning of any court case.  Usually, what the court is looking for in these witnesses is a degree of the specialty of some sort about something that pertains to the point. 

For example, a cardiologist would be on hand for a case about heart failure during a car crash.

Not every case that needs expert witnesses is medically based, though.  Some business cases and lawsuits require an expert witness that they have worked with professionally. 

Economic expert witnesses in these cases need an education that proves they can gather and give back information to confirm that your company was trying to make the best decision.

What do they Do?

Expert witnesses testify with their professional knowledge on the case at hand.  They let the court know who they think was at fault, what could have been done differently, and if this is a common mistake. 

Every company that needs an economic expert witness must be sure they find this witness through someone they trust.  The last thing anyone wants to do is hire on a witness who contradicts or doesn’t what you need them to make the crowd.

Hearsay Rule

Unlike general witnesses, expert witnesses can speak on things that they weren’t there to see or experience.  This rule means that they can discuss, using their knowledge on a subject, mixed with supplied information on a case, what they think happened and who is at fault.

Weight of Testimony

Not all expert witness testimony has the same weight.  How strong, or vital, their testimony is depends clearly on how educated they are on the subject, and what paperwork they have to back that up. 

Expert testimony relies heavily on a college education or countless years working in the field on which they’re speaking.

Chain of custody

When speaking on evidence, the expert witness must discuss things they gleaned from experts in their field

They can’t talk about personal emotional opinions; their reactions have to be entirely professional, with only their education and background in the field backing them. 

If they try to make an irrational statement, it could leave their testimony useless, which could shine a bad light on whichever side of the case this professional was trying to support.

Expert witnesses have a lot to offer as long as they’re taken seriously, educated, and are willing to work with evidence that they might not have gathered on their own.