The Evolution of Expert Witness Law Under UK and US Jurisdiction

Forensic & Litigation Consulting

July 15, 2013

Over the years, we have seen a rise in the demand for expert witnesses, and while the market for these services gains more traction and prospects remain strong, it has become increasingly important to examine the backgrounds of these individuals and what measures are in place to ensure their expert witness testimony is reliable and ethical.  

While there are rules and guidelines within which expert witnesses must operate and these can differ considerably between one part of the world and another. This article describes some of the similarities and differences between the way expert witnesses should operate under the legal systems of UK and US respectively, particularly in relation to Court proceedings but similar arrangements apply to expert evidence in Arbitration proceedings (although there is sometimes a greater flexibility of procedure in arbitration than in court).

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