Court Standards, Rules, and Regulations

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THE STANDARDS USED TO DETERMINE EXPERT WITNESSES In the legal foundation of the courts, the courts are typically known for prohibiting witnesses from offering testimony based upon opinions of their own or even their own analysis. Courts, however, are more lenient when it comes to including testimony by expert witnesses that provide testimony that falls within the realm of their own expertise. Cornell University Law School state that, in general terms, expert witnesses are provided the ability to testify about the opinions of a case given that their analysis that they use can be determined as 'scientifically sound' (n.d.). It is, however, important to identify that there are standards to which expert witnesses are determined and that there are federal rules designed to that of the use of expert witnesses and the standards behind their inclusion as well as the information that they are allowed to claim knowledge to. These federal rules are listed under the Federal Rules of Evidence under Article VII: Opinions and Expert Testimony (Rule 701-706); these, however, are not to be confused with the previous article which is Article VI: Witnesses, which contain rules 601-615 about witnesses used within court as a general basis of information (Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, 2013). To provide a simple understanding of Rules 701-706, these rules show that an expert witness or an expert who is qualified, is granted the ability to provide their opinion to assist

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