Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 6 (June 1991), pp. 572-576. Posted with permission from the Michigan Bar Journal.


Technical witnesses regularly assist the fact-finding process in Michigan trials. Jury or bench trials in federal and state courts routinely feature the appearance of experts. Properly policed by our courts, few forms of testimony hold more promise for advancing the truth-seeking function of American litigation. The expanding presence of experts raises hard questions. Are the Michigan rules in turn with modern needs? Should the state rule controlling the basis for expert opinion be aligned with the federal pattern? If Michigan Rule of Evidence 703 could stand revision, does proper alteration require significant additions not presently contained in either state or federal rules? This article addresses these important issues affecting the scope of expert opinion in modern trials.