Florida Bar Wants Liberal Standard For Experts

Sep 1, 2016

A high-stakes battle between the Legislature and the Florida Bar over standards for expert witnesses now rests with the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida used the more liberal "Frye" standard for accepting expert witness testimony, until the Legislature imposed "Daubert" in 2013.

Attorney Wayne Hogan urged justices to reject the Legislature’s 2013 law mandating stricter guide lines known as “Daubert.”  

Hogan says too many victims are unable to prove their cases.   

“This is oppressing the ability of our court system to handle cases. It is time consuming, it is expensive, and it is going to deny people access to the courts.”

House Judiciary Appropriations Chairman Larry Metz defended the stricter standard. Proponents say it’s the best way to screen out quacks and so-called “junk science.”