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Is Expert Evidence Really Different?

By Frederick Schauer and Barbara A. Spellman

Abstract

The problem with expert evidence is not the inappropriateness of the Daubert approach. The narrow focus on Daubert is misplaced. The real problem is with the more deeply entrenched view that expert evidence should be excluded under circumstances in which analogous non-expert evidence would be admitted. Daubert embodies the distinction between expert and non-expert evidence, but it is that very distinction, and not just Daubert, that is the problem. Daubert has indeed transformed modern evidence law, but perhaps it has awakened us to the need for a more profound transformation, one in which the very foundations of treating expert testimony differently are undercut. This is a larger claim than that Daubert itself is a problem, and it is this larger claim we seek to advance here

Topics: Evidence, Law, Litigation
Publisher: NDLScholarship
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.law.nd.edu:ndlr-1698
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