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SVP – Trial: Expert Witnesses – Psychologist: Licensure

State v. Larry J. Sprosty, 2001 WI App 231, PFR filed
For Sprosty: Jack E. Schairer, SPD, Madison Appellate

Issue: Whether a psychologist must be licensed in Wisconsin to provide expert opinion in a Ch. 980 proceeding.

Holding: No: “the standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony in this case is the general one, namely, whether it will be helpful to the trier of fact, so long as the expert is qualified by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education. See Wis. Stat. § 907.02. Further, the determination whether an expert is qualified to testify is within the circuit court’s discretion,” ¶27.

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