Jurors have become skeptical about the role of expert witnesses and the degree to which they provide impartial testimony. Most jurors believe experts’ opinions automatically favor the side that has retained them, with plaintiffs’ experts exaggerating the seriousness of damages and defense experts minimizing them. Magnus Research Consultants have surveyed 545 jury eligible citizens regarding their opinion of expert witnesses. The majority of those surveyed (63%) agreed with the statement “Expert Witnesses are hired guns whose testimony will always favor the side that hires them.” In the hundreds of mock trials we have conducted, we often hear jurors discuss experts’ “biased” opinions and the need to decide the case based on other factors such as common sense. Overall, jurors’ suspicions of experts has a potentially damaging effect on a variety of civil cases.
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