Expert testimony (opinions) – very important testimony in construction disputes. Whether it is a delay claim, an inefficiency claim, a defect claim, etc., expert testimony plays an invaluable role in construction disputes. Construction attorneys work closely with expert witnesses to ensure that an expert helps render an opinion to support their client’s burden of proof (including damages) or an affirmative defense.
Recently, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Frye test governs the admissibility of expert testimony in Florida State courts. Notably, this was the test used until circa 2013 until the Florida Legislature modified Florida’s Evidence Code to require the Daubert test to apply to determine the admissibility of expert testimony. The Daubert test is the test used in federal courts and, quite frankly, is a more rigorous standard/test. For more information on the Frye and Daubert test, please check out this article that I wrote to summarize Florida’s transition back to the Frye test. In any event, this transition back to the Frye test can be both good and bad depending on who you represent in a Florida State court action and the expert opinion you are looking to introduce.
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