Courtroom Insight is excited to announce our new graphical interface that analyzes captured challenges for each expert and judge in our database. Over 110,000 challenge records are summarized and organized by expert and by judge. Our new charts graphically display challenges based upon four key metrics:
- Area of Law
Subscribers can now easily analyze cases at a glance, in addition to getting detailed facts about specific case and published judicial opinions. Learn more on our Challenge Data page.
We are pleased to announce that over 5,000 published quotes about expert witness performance are now available on Courtroom Insight. Our new “Opinions” tab displays insights into exactly what Federal and State judges think about testimony in particular cases. This information is critical for professionals performing due diligence on experts. One example demonstrates the usefulness of this content:
Our team of researchers continue to methodically review published judicial opinions for additional relevant quotes. We anticipate tens of thousands more quotes to be added in the coming year. All quotes are available via a Courtroom Insight review subscription. Learn more on our new Opinions page.
Individual subscriptions are available for $99 (24-hour access) or $399 annually.
Courtroom Insight’s recent reviews seem to highlight lack of professionalism. Ratings are low citing biases from judges and unreliability of expert witnesses. An excerpt taken from a review of a forensic toxicologist says:
Zero professional skills… It would have been acceptable for her to refuse the consultation initially and allow me to seek another toxicologist, but instead gave assurances without foundation.
An excerpt from a review of a Texas Judge reads:
She does not rule according to law.
To share one of your legal experiences, simply create an account on Courtroom Insight. Each review of an expert witness, mediator, arbitrator or judge takes less than 3 minutes and can be submitted anonymously.
In last week’s blog post, Kristal Sajasi described Courtroom Insight’s custom expert witness research reports and explained how attorneys benefit from incorporating this research into their vetting process. Based upon my experience as an expert witness, I believe that it’s even more important for experts to take advantage of this type of research. Let me explain why.
In order to locate or vet an expert witness, attorneys initially seek referrals and feedback from colleagues. Next, attorneys often search for relevant documents from prior testimony. Such documents may include deposition transcripts, filed expert reports, published C.V.s and judicial opinions regarding expert witness challenges. Attorneys today have greater access to this information than ever before.
- Law firms
- Improved efforts to catalog and index all documents tagged to expert witnesses. Easily located via enterprise search tools.
- LexisNexis and Westlaw
- Subscription access to vast repositories of accumulated documents and data. Searchable by expert name or by case.
- Professional associations
- Defense attorneys and plaintiff’s associations collect and share documents with other members. Offer feedback on experts via group discussions.
Whether attorneys take advantage of one or more of these specific repositories of information or simply send email requests to their colleagues, rest assured that attorneys will scour the universe of available information regarding an expert’s challenge and testimonial history. Since this research will possibly be used during deposition or cross-examination at trial, it is imperative that experts know what information is out there.
This is especially important because it is common for experts to make a conscious decision NOT to retain previously filed expert reports and depositions transcripts due to future discovery requests. Therefore, previously issued opinions and published testimony may not be readily available for review. In addition, attorneys sometimes fail to notify experts about judicial rulings and comments pertaining to motions to exclude or limit an expert’s testimony.
If you already have subscription access to expert witness research available from LexisNexis or Westlaw, then that is a good place to start. However, your results will be limited unless you subscribe to both research services. In the alternative, I encourage you to order a FREE comprehensive assessment of available information from Courtroom Insight. A Preliminary Screening Report provides a snapshot of an expert’s testimonial history and any challenges to that testimony. The report is delivered within two business days and provides an essential summary of the potential information available. If your report shows enough hits, then we suggest that you order a more thorough paid research report to learn exactly what information exists.
Don’t delay in performing this important research, no matter how you approach it. Then you won’t be surprised about what attorneys already know about you!
Attorneys have an obligation to perform competent due diligence when hiring or cross-examining an expert witness. They often seek input from colleagues, review CVs, and assess reported credentials and case experience. It is also critical for attorneys to research Daubert and other challenges to an expert’s testimony. Understanding an expert’s challenge history helps attorneys avoid surprises in the courtroom.
Courtroom Insight saves attorneys time and money by providing thorough, cost effective research in a short amount of time. This research helps attorneys focus their efforts on the critical aspects of an expert’s background and testimonial history.
Our recent press release explains that through a partnership with Expert Witness Profiler, we now offer three different custom expert witness research reports. These profiles are created by a team of professional expert witness researchers who have access to databases not readily available to most law firms.
Preliminary Screening Report
- Provides a free snapshot of an expert’s testimonial history and an accurate assessment of how prolific a testifier that expert has been in the past.
Expert Challenge Study
- Provides an analysis of an expert witness’ prior history of being challenged, excluded, critiqued and endorsed by the court as a result of his or her qualifications, methodology, etc.
Expert Witness Profile
- This is the most comprehensive background report on an expert witness in the U.S. today. In addition to the expert challenge study, this report includes verification of licensing, certifications and educational background plus research into an expert’s professional background, disciplinary history, associations and memberships, publications, teaching and research, patents and trademarks, references in news, blogs and more.
For more information visit the Research tab on any expert witness profile on Courtroom Insight.
I am excited to announce our new partnership with the Daubert Tracker. As a result of this agreement, Courtroom Insight now offers access to over 100,000 records detailing specific challenges to expert witness testimony. This content is organized and accessible from individual expert and judge profiles on Courtroom Insight. Initially, the challenge data is only available to law firm subscribers; however, individual subscriptions will go on sale in the near future.
If expert witness reviews and challenge information isn’t enough, we also offer custom expert witness research reports that offer a comprehensive look at an expert’s background, prior and pending challenges, testimonial history and more. Performing due diligence about an expert witness has never been easier!
Read the full press release here.