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Missouri passes expert witness legislation

May 25, 2016

In April, lawmakers in Missouri passed a bill that work to ensure that all experts who testify in court are actually experts.  This bill would allow expert testimony only after determining it was based on “sufficient facts” and “reliable principles and methods,” as well as being “reliably applied” to the facts of the case.  The few notable exceptions to the new law are divorce and adoption cases and other cases in juvenile and family court.  The overall goal is to be “sure that the jury can rely upon expert testimony.”

This law arguably strengthens expert testimony admissibility requirements and reinforces the judicial gatekeeping role.  Learn more about specific challenges to expert witness testimony at Courtroom Insight.

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