Disclosing Trial Experts in NC
Although interrogatories may no longer be required to acquire information on opposing expert witnesses they should still be utilized to ensure adequate notice. The new rule applies to experts to be used at trial under NC Rule 702, Rule 703, or Rule 705 of the North Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure. A written report is not required like the analogous Federal Rule, which is another reason to still utilize interrogatories and/or a Request for Production of Documents. If a report is agreed to be exchanged by the parties it shall disclose the following:
In a welcome change, the new North Carolina Rule 26 allows for the deposition of an expert witness to be used at trial without a Court Order. The new rule also provides that the party seeking to depose an expert must pay a “reasonable fee” for their time absent some manifest injustice. Pursuant to the new rule the disclosure of experts to be used at trial must be done at least 90 days before any trial date. Additional provisions of the amended rule protect attorney communications with experts and drafts of disclosures. This same prohibition on discovery also applies to non-testifying experts.
Although the new NC Rule 26(b)(4) may not have a significant impact among high dollar cases with lawyers on both sides this is a significant change for pro-se litigants in child custody or property division cases facing testimony for a child psychologist or real estate appraiser. This rule could also dramatically impact any case where a doctor testifies on behalf of a child. Another question will be if Judges enforce this new rule absent any objection from an unrepresented party who is not aware of the new rule. The new Rule 26 could serve to protect pro-se litigants from being ambushed with unexpected testimony from an alleged "expert" without any forewarning. Either way parties need to plan in advance to properly hire, plan, and disclose the use of experts in compliance with the new requirements on expert witness disclosure.
10/19/2016 01:59:35 pm
I have been getting harrassed by my local city authorities. They follow me daily in undercover cars, I have been stopped numerous times and they search my car, I refuse them to search but they call in a k-9 unit and Im on the side of the road or worse my driveway waiting on K9 units to show up to do a sniff that they say the dog hit on it but they have found nothing. Im wondering what recourse do I have? Fed up
10/19/2016 02:25:56 pm
Are they giving you a basis for the stop such as speeding or expired tag? Sounds like the police suspect your neighborhood or house is involved in drug activity. You should contact a civil rights attorney and/or file a complaint with the NC Attorney General and/or US Attorney General.
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