HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than two decades, former FBI Special Agent Mike Clark worked on high profile public corruption cases in Connecticut, including the prosecution of former Governor John Rowland, three big city mayors and a former State Treasurer.
"I've seen numerous expert witnesses take the stand who gave outstanding testimony, and also some real hacks who did not belong on the witness stand," said Clark, who during his 23-year career with the FBI was involved in numerous trials.
Clark is one of several people who, throughout the past year, have come up with the new criteria for a vetting process tailored specifically to expert witnesses. Mark Dubois, former Connecticut Bar Association President and chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Connecticut, is also a committee member.
"Just yesterday, I was reading a transcript of a lawyer's deposition and his 'expert' forgot to tell him his medical license was revoked prior to trial," Dubois said. "The result was, as expected, not optimal."
Dubois said The Expert WitnessValidation Badge™ allows lawyers to quickly check expert witnesses' credentials and will impact businesses and individuals involved in most any type of legal proceedings involving expert witnesses.
"This is the first of its kinds enterprise that uses big data resources and legal technology to bring due diligence for the expert witnesses industry," Dubois said. "It no doubt, sets a higher bar without requiring a government mandate. We did it ourselves."
Expert witnesses who apply for The Expert Witness Validation Badge ™ will have, among other things, their credentials verified, as well as their criminal backgrounds checked.
"Where the rubber meets the road is on the witnesses stand," Clark went on to say. "That's why I decided to be part of The Expert Witness Validation Committee. The amount of foundation work that has gone into this process if very impressive, complete, and honest. I would not stake my reputation on something that I did not believe in."
The Expert Witness Validation Committee works as an advisory board to The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC which will issue the Validation Badge once the criteria for approval are met. Expert witnesses can apply for their credential online by going to www.expertwitnessexchange.com.
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