Appraisal Witness: Qualified Expert

Appraisal Witness: Qualified Expert

Expert Appraisal Witness Defined

An Expert Appraisal Witness is legally defined as a person who through education or experience, or specialized training has developed skill or knowledge in a particular subject so that they may form an opinion that will assist the fact finder. This is found in Federal Rules of Evidence 702. The appraiser as an expert witness is to assist the fact finder to understand a complicated or technical subject. The expert witness is relevant evidence if that testimony assists the fact finder.

The Federal rules of evidence that govern expert witness testimonies are rule 701, 702, 703, 704, 705 and 706.

There are three qualities of an expert appraisal witness within the expert appraisal witness category.

    • A testifying expert appraisal witness is an expert who is identified by a party as a potential witness at trial. Federal court procedures require all parties to provide initial disclosures to all other parties including information about testifying expert appraisal witness’ opinion and qualifications including all information that the witness considers in forming the opinion. *Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 26(a)(2)(b).
    • A consulting expert’s opinions are usually exempt from the scope of discovery. The consulting expert appraisal witness is an expert who is retained by a party, but not expected to be called as a witness at trial. *Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(b)(4)(B).
    • Impartial expert appraisal witness is an expert who is wanted by the court to be unbiased.
    *Federal Rules of Evidence 706Rule 702 governs expert Appraisal Witnesses.

If specialized knowledge or technical or scientific knowledge will assist the trier of fact determine the fact in issue or to understand the evidence, a witness qualified as an expert appraisal witness by education, experience, training, knowledge or skill, may testify otherwise or in the form of an opinion , if

    (1) the testimony is the results of reliable methods and principles
    (2) the witness has applied the methods and principles reliably to the facts of the case, and
    (3) that testimony is based on sufficient data or facts.

Subject of an expert appraisal witness’ testimony; The trial judge in all cases of proffered expert appraisal witness testimony must find that it is not speculative, well reasoned and properly grounded, before it can be admitted as evidence. The expert appraisal witness’ testimony must be founded in an experience in the expert appraisal witness’ field or an acceptable body of learning and the expert appraisal witness must explain how the conclusions are attained.

Most states follow the Federal rules of evidence regarding the definition of a testifying expert appraisal witness. That definition is: an expert has to be scientifically or technically skilled in the expert’s field and is a value weighted by reference to the knowledge and experience in a particular field.

Rule 26(b)(4)(C) enables an expert appraisal witness to be paid their expert fee. Unless manifest injustice would be a result, (ii) in regards to discovery obtained under this rule (b)(4)(B) the court shall require the seeking party of discovery to pay the other party a fair portion of expenses and fees reasonably incurred by the latter party in obtaining opinions and facts from the expert appraisal witness and; (i) the court shall require that the seeking party of discovery to pay the expert appraisal witness a reasonable fee for the time spent in responding to discovery under the rule subdivision(b)(4)(B).

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