State court overturns AZ law on expert witnesses

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona appellate court ruling says a state law on medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.

At issue is a law that sets qualifications required for expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases.

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals says the law is unconstitutional because it violates the doctrine of separation between the branches of government.

The ruling Tuesday came in a Maricopa County case in which a trial judge dismissed a malpractice suit after ruling that a doctor that the plaintiff wanted to use as an expert witness was not qualified under the state law.

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