Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings

Gary N. McAbee, Jeffrey L. Brown, Steven M. Donn, Jose L. Gonzalez, David Marcus, William M. McDonnell, Robert A. Mendelson, Charles H. Deitschel, Lisa M. Hollier, C. Morrison Farish, Holly Myers, Sally L. Reynolds, Julie Kersten Ake

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Abstract

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 administration of justice. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that the adoption of the recommendations outlined in this statement will improve the quality of medical expert witness testimony in legal proceedings and, thereby, increase the probability of achieving outcomes that are fair, honest, and equitable. Strategies for enforcing guidance and promoting oversight of expert witnesses are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-438
Number of pages11
JournalPediatrics
Volume124
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Expert witness
  • Legal and ethical standards
  • Oversight
  • Peer review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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McAbee, G. N., Brown, J. L., Donn, S. M., Gonzalez, J. L., Marcus, D., McDonnell, W. M., ... Ake, J. K. (2009). Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings. Pediatrics, 124(1), 428-438. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-1132

Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings. / McAbee, Gary N.; Brown, Jeffrey L.; Donn, Steven M.; Gonzalez, Jose L.; Marcus, David; McDonnell, William M.; Mendelson, Robert A.; Deitschel, Charles H.; Hollier, Lisa M.; Farish, C. Morrison; Myers, Holly; Reynolds, Sally L.; Ake, Julie Kersten.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 124, No. 1, 01.07.2009, p. 428-438.

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McAbee, GN, Brown, JL, Donn, SM, Gonzalez, JL, Marcus, D, McDonnell, WM, Mendelson, RA, Deitschel, CH, Hollier, LM, Farish, CM, Myers, H, Reynolds, SL & Ake, JK 2009, 'Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings', Pediatrics, vol. 124, no. 1, pp. 428-438. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-1132
McAbee GN, Brown JL, Donn SM, Gonzalez JL, Marcus D, McDonnell WM et al. Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings. Pediatrics. 2009 Jul 1;124(1):428-438. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-1132
McAbee, Gary N. ; Brown, Jeffrey L. ; Donn, Steven M. ; Gonzalez, Jose L. ; Marcus, David ; McDonnell, William M. ; Mendelson, Robert A. ; Deitschel, Charles H. ; Hollier, Lisa M. ; Farish, C. Morrison ; Myers, Holly ; Reynolds, Sally L. ; Ake, Julie Kersten. / Policy statement - Expert witness participation in civil and criminal proceedings. In: Pediatrics. 2009 ; Vol. 124, No. 1. pp. 428-438.
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