Expert Witness Billing Practices Revisited: A Pilot Study of Further Data.
T. G. Gutheil and P. M. M. Michael Lamport Commons,
Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
29(2): 202-206, 2001.
This pilot study follows up an earlier study of the strategies and rationales by
which psychiatric expert witnesses bill for their time on a case. Questionnaires were answered by
participants at a workshop at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and
Law (AAPL). In this follow-up, additional novel billing issues were addressed, some subtler than
in the original study. In addition, responses to one question supported the previous finding that
experts billed more reasonably when a case was simple. Additional issues included use of fee
agreements and returning an unpaid-for case. The implications of these findings are discussed.