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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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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