In what has previously appeared to be a game of moving chairs, the Florida Supreme Court formally adopted the Daubert standard to determine the admissibility of expert testimony. This allows Florida to move on from the Frye standard and the moving chairs associated with which standard should apply to the admissibility of expert opinions. A good discussion on the Florida Supreme Court’s recent application of the Daubert standard can be found here. The Daubert standard determines the admissibility of expert testimony / opinions in federal court and now it is officially back in Florida to apply to Florida state court litigation. This is important to know, particularly in the construction context, because many construction-related disputes utilize the services of an expert witness to render expert opinions.
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