Whether you’re building a case for civil litigation or criminal courts, expert witnesses can be critical to helping a jury to reach the right decision. As defined by the Utah Rules of Evidence, an expert witness is anyone who is “qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, education, or training,” and they may testify in a case if their specialized or technical knowledge will make it easier for the jury or judge to understand the “facts in issue.” In other words, an expert witness is there to help the court clearly understand the evidence and make a decision.
Expert testimony becomes particularly relevant in cases where the evidence is highly technical in nature: For example, experts are often necessary in intellectual property cases where both the application of the law (e.g. patent validity) and the subject matter (e.g. complex technology) may be difficult for the average juror to understand. If you’re looking to build a strong case in a technical area, it’s imperative to find expert witnesses who qualify under the relevant standards – and who can communicate effectively with the court.
Our Utah attorneys at Pearson Butler can assist you with finding and vetting expert witnesses. Call (800) 265-2314 today to speak with a member of our legal team.
Who Qualifies as an Expert Witness?
Expert witnesses can include any of the following:
- Medical professionals (doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists)
- Forensic experts
- Psychiatric and psychological experts
- Financial experts (accountants, securities professionals)
- Legal experts
- Vocational experts
Different states may also have unique rules about the admissibility of expert testimony as evidence, but most states – including Utah – now follow the federal standard, called the “Daubert Standard.” For all intents and purposes, this means that Utah state courts give trial judges considerable leeway to determine if expert testimony can be considered credible within their field. This is another reason why it’s important to consult with a highly-qualified attorney when gathering expert witnesses for your case.
How Pearson Butler Can Help
When you work with an expert witness from Pearson Butler, you are working with highly-educated and trained experts who also have experience and training in communication. Many are also public speakers, teachers, and trainers. This can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case, as skilled communicators are more likely to make an impact on a jury or judge.
Our attorneys can help you source expert witnesses in any of the following practice areas:
We also have expert witnesses trained in various aspects of technology, including but not limited to:
- Medical Devices
- Chemical Formulations
- Computer Hardware
- Computerized Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
For more information about how Pearson Butler can help provide expert witnesses for your Utah case, contact (800) 265-2314 or message us onlinetoday.