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Expert Witness III



Expert Witness III – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, United State Supreme Court, 1993. This is the seminal case that established the criteria for qualifying experts who may give opinion testimony in court, based on the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE). This, of course, includes surveyors who may appear in court to testify as experts. This has come to be known across the country as the ‘Daubert Rule.’ The reason this case is so important is that since the adoption of the FRE, at least 42 states have since adopted the FRE, either in whole of with some modifications, as their own state rules of evidence. This has had the effect of making the FRE almost universal in application across all jurisdiction. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 12 pages. This 14-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the case-in-chief with a focus on the expert witness testimony.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.