Doctors and lawyers -- often natural-born enemies in legal battles -- are joining forces in Chattanooga, Tenn. In an experimental program aimed partly at keeping "junk science" out of the courtroom, judges in malpractice cases will select an independent doctor from out of state to evaluate potential expert witnesses' testimony and help decide well before trial whether those witnesses should be allowed to take the stand. Supporters hope that the approach will spread, if the program succeeds locally.
Doctors, Lawyers Develop Credibility Test for Expert Testimony
The Associated Press
October 27, 2005