In a world where everyone seems to be an expert in something, how can you tell who qualifies to give expert witness testimony in a court case? In dramatic court room scenes of your favorite television shows and movies, expert witnesses are usually brought in to explain complicated and technical concepts to the judge and the jury. They can sometimes be portrayed as a layperson or commoner who just so happens to have a bit of knowledge in a certain area. However, it takes much more than simply being able to say you have some sort of extended knowledge to qualify as an expert.
In order to properly give expert witness testimony, you must be qualified to do so. Depending on the court case, qualifications must meet the requirements of rules set by the state or federal court. Someone who has the education, knowledge, skill, experience or training in a specialized field can qualify as an expert witness according to the Federal Rules of Evidence. A similar set of qualifications are usually required for expert witness testimony in state courts as well.
According to federal rules, expert witness testimony must be based on data and facts that are relied upon by experts of a particular field. If the expert witness is offering testimony on banking or financial matters, then he or she must present only factual information that other banking experts could agree to be true. The purpose of the expert witness is to present specialized knowledge of a particular field to the judge and the jury in a way that everyone can understand.
What about non-expert witnesses? You have probably seen non-expert witnesses testify in court cases before in tv shows and movies. This is something that happens in court cases, but non-expert witnesses can only testify about what they have heard or seen. This is also referred to as eyewitness testimony. Eyewitnesses are not allowed to give opinions. Expert witnesses are often allowed to give specialized or professional opinion. The opinions are determined by the facts of the case.
Expert witness testimony differs from state to state when it comes to what is and is not allowed. If you need an expert witness for financial or banking cases, you will want someone who has an extensive knowledge of such cases. Michael F. Richards has been a consultant and financial expert witness since 2009. He has worked on many cases and is more than qualified to handle yours. Contact him today at (406-581-8797).