Rule 706. Court-Appointed Expert Witnesses.
Where the court has appointed an expert witness, the witness appointed must advise the parties of the witnesss findings, if any. The witness may be called to testify by the court or any party. The witness shall be subject to cross-examination by any party, including a party calling the witness. In civil cases, the witnesss deposition may be taken by any party.
Pa.R.E. 706 differs from F.R.E. 706. Unlike the Federal Rule, Pa.R.E. 706 does not affect the scope of the trial courts power to appoint experts. Pa.R.E. 706 provides only the procedures for obtaining the testimony of experts after the court has appointed them.
In Commonwealth v. Correa, 437 Pa. Super. 1, 648 A.2d 1199 (1994), abrogated on other grounds by Commonwealth v. Weston, 561 Pa. 199, 749 A.2d 458 (2000), the Superior Court held that the trial court had inherent power to appoint an expert. 23 Pa.C.S. § 5104 provides for the appointment of experts to conduct blood tests in paternity proceedings.
See also Pa.R.E. 614 (Courts Calling or Examining a Witness).
Adopted May 8, 1998, effective October 1, 1998; rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective March 18, 2013.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the January 17, 2013 rescission and replacement published with the Courts Order at 43 Pa.B. 651 (February 2, 2013).
The provisions of this Rule 706 rescinded and replaced January 17, 2013, effective in sixty days, 43 Pa.B. 620. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (299644) to (299645).
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