Idaho Rules of Evidence Rule 706. Court Appointed Experts.
(a) Appointment. The court may on its own motion or on the motion of any party enter an order to show cause why expert witnesses should not be appointed, and may request the parties to submit nominations. The court may appoint any expert witnesses agreed upon by the parties, and may appoint expert witnesses of its own selection. An expert witness shall not be appointed by the court unless the expert witness consents to act. A witness so appointed shall be informed of the witness' duties by the court in writing, a copy of which shall be filed with the clerk, or at a conference in which the parties shall have opportunity to participate. A witness so appointed shall advise the parties of the witness' findings, if any; a deposition of the witness may be taken by any party; and the witness may be called to testify by any party or by the court pursuant to Rule 614(a). The expert witness shall be subject to cross-examination by each party, including a party calling the expert as a witness.
(b) Compensation. Expert witnesses so appointed are entitled to reasonable compensation in whatever sum the court may allow. The compensation thus fixed is payable from funds which may be provided by law in criminal cases and civil actions and proceedings involving just compensation for the taking of property. In other civil actions and proceedings the compensation shall be paid by the parties in such proportion and at such time as the court directs, and thereafter charged in like manner as other costs.
(c) Parties' experts of own selection. Nothing in this rule limits the parties in calling expert witnesses of their own selection.
(Adopted January 8, 1985, effective July 1, 1985.)
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