Professionalism in court: The neurologist as expert witness

William P. Cheshire, John C. Hutchins

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Serving as an expert witness can be a rewarding experience. It affords the neurologist the opportunity to contribute expertise to the legal system's pursuit of justice and benefits the public interest. However, serving as an expert witness without understanding and incorporating relevant professional and specialty guidelines concerning expert witness testimony can place the neurologist at risk. The American Academy of Neurology has established standards governing expert witness testimony and a disciplinary process to respond to complaints of violation of its standards. Increased understanding of and adherence to these qualifications and guidelines, coupled with an aware-ness of how the legal system differs from clinical practice, will better equip neurologists serving as expert witnesses and minimize their professional risk when doing so.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages7
JournalNeurology: Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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