Legal Memorandum: Qualifying a witness to give expert testimony

Issue: Under Cal. Evid. Code 720, when does a person qualify to testify as an expert witness?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure, Uncategorized
Keywords: ; Expert Testimony; Witness; Qualify
Jurisdiction: California
Cited Cases: 142 Cal. App. 4th 1260
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 11/01/2015

California Code of Civil Procedure Section 128.7 discusses the statutory prerequisites while seeking an order to recover sanctions. The Section states:

(a)        Every pleading, petition, written notice of motion, or other similar paper shall be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney’s individual name, or, if the party is not represented by an attorney, shall be signed by the party. Each paper shall state the signer’s address and telephone number, if any. Except when otherwise provided by law, pleadings need not be verified or accompanied by affidavit. An unsigned paper shall be stricken unless omission of the signature is corrected promptly after being called to the attention of the attorney or party.    


(b)        By presenting to the court, whether by signing, filing, submitting, or later advocating, a pleading, petition, written notice of motion, or other similar paper, an attorney or unrepresented party is certifying that to the best of the person’s knowledge, information, and belief, formed after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances, all of the following conditions are met:    


(1)        It is not being presented primarily for an improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation.    


(2)        The claims, defenses, and other legal contentions therein are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law or […]

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