expert witness
expert witness see witness

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

expert witness
A witness who has training or experience in a field that gives him or her knowledge about it far beyond that of an ordinary person, whose testimony is provided to help the jury understand difficult technical information.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

expert witness
in the law of evidence, a witness who is allowed to give opinion evidence as opposed to evidence of his perception. This is the case only if the witness is indeed skilled in some appropriate discipline. An exception to the usual rule of practice whereby witnesses are heard one after the other and do not hear the evidence of the preceding witness is made in relation to competing experts. The term skilled witness is favoured in Scotland.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

expert witness
A person who is a specialist in a subject who is asked present his or her expert opinion in a trial or deposition without having been a witness to any occurrence relating to the lawsuit or criminal case. Expert witnesses are paid for their services.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

expert witness
A person with either professional or technical knowledge and experience, whose opinion will be of value to the court on matters which are or may be outside its expertise. Expert evidence can be, and usually is to a large extent, based on opinion rather than fact. The expert witness may provide his evidence in the form of a written report and sometimes orally too.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

expert witness
   a person who is a specialist in a subject, often technical, who may present his/her expert opinion without having been a witness to any occurrence relating to the lawsuit or criminal case. It is an exception to the rule against giving an opinion in trial, provided that the expert is qualified by evidence of his/her expertise, training and special knowledge. If the expertise is challenged, the attorney for the party calling the "expert" must make a showing of the necessary background through questions in court, and the trial judge has discretion to qualify the witness or rule he/she is not an expert, or is an expert on limited subjects. Experts are usually paid handsomely for their services and may be asked by the opposition the amount they are receiving for their work on the case. In most jurisdictions, both sides must exchange the names and addresses of proposed experts to allow pre-trial depositions.
   See also: expert testimony

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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