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Four Conditions

An expert witness can state an opinion or conclusion if four conditions are satisfied:

The validity of the opinion or conclusion depends on special knowledge, experience, skill, or training not ordinarily found in lay jurors;

The witness must be qualified as an expert in the pertinent field;

She must possess a reasonable degree of certainty (probability) about her opinion or conclusion; and

Generally, in common law jurisdictions an expert must first describe the data on which her conclusion is based, or she must testify in response to a hypothetical question that sets forth such data.

Source: J.R. Waltz, Evidence, New York: Foundation Press, 1999, p. 15.

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