The Daubert Standard (pronounced doh-bare), also referred to as the Daubert Test, is a method that the courts use to determine whether expert testimony is admissible. Federal Rule of Evidence 702 generally requires that expert testimony consist of scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge that legitimately will help the fact finder (jury or judge) understand the evidence or the issues in a case. The Daubert standard applies to both civil and criminal cases. The Daubert standard is raised when a party believes that the other side is relying on “junk science” to prove their point.
To challenge a potential expert witness’ testimony, the opposing party brings a “Daubert Motion.” This forces the expert’s party to prove that the expert is basing his or her opinion on legitimate scientific principles. During the “Daubert Hearing,” which is usually conducted before trial (a jury is not present), the court considers a variety of factors to determine whether the expert’s testimony will be admissible, including:
The term “Daubert Standard” comes from Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, a United States Supreme Court case, which is considered by some as one of the most important cases of the 21st century.