Reconceptualizing the Expert Witness: Social Costs, Current Controls and Proposed Responses

56 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2006  

Jeffrey Lynch Harrison

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Abstract

The underlying thesis of this Article is that much of the conduct of experts and the distrust to which it gives rise can be traced to the fact that the expert witness system is treated differently than other businesses. In fact, expert witnesses completely escape many of the controlling effects of contract and tort law. Yet there is no reason to believe that those who sell expert testimony are any less responsive to revenues, costs, and market demand than other businesses.

Keywords: costs, expert witness, ethics, liability

JEL Classification: K30

Suggested Citation

Harrison, Jeffrey Lynch, Reconceptualizing the Expert Witness: Social Costs, Current Controls and Proposed Responses. Yale Journal on Regulation, Summer 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=932449

Jeffrey Lynch Harrison (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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