Expert Witness Participation in Civil and Criminal Proceedings

Paul, S. R.; Narang, S. K.

Pediatrics. 2017 Feb 22; 139(3)


The interests of the public and both the medical and legal professions are best served when scientifically sound and unbiased expert witness testimony is readily available in civil and criminal proceedings. As members of the medical community, patient advocates, and private citizens, pediatricians have ethical and professional obligations to assist in the civil and criminal judicial processes. This policy statement offers recommendations on advocacy, education, research, qualifications, standards, and ethical business practices all aimed at improving expert testimony.

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