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Table 2

Reasons for Turning Down Requests

Q: Thinking back to all the times you turned down requests to serve as an expert, what were your most common reasons for refusing? (Check up to three)
ReasonN Checked% Checked
Timing/other commitments 89 65.9 
Outside my area of expertise 66 48.9 
Evidence didn't favor party asking 32 23.7 
Doubts about the legal system (three items) 31 23.0 
Particular parties or attorneys (two items) 28 20.7 
Wanted my reputation, not my knowledge 28 20.7 
Conflict of interest 15 11.1 
Fee issues 10 7.4 
Advice or institutional policy against (two items) 5.9 
Other reasons 4.4 
Total respondents (respondents could check up to three responses) 135  
Q: Thinking back to all the times you turned down requests to serve as an expert, what were your most common reasons for refusing? (Check up to three)
ReasonN Checked% Checked
Timing/other commitments 89 65.9 
Outside my area of expertise 66 48.9 
Evidence didn't favor party asking 32 23.7 
Doubts about the legal system (three items) 31 23.0 
Particular parties or attorneys (two items) 28 20.7 
Wanted my reputation, not my knowledge 28 20.7 
Conflict of interest 15 11.1 
Fee issues 10 7.4 
Advice or institutional policy against (two items) 5.9 
Other reasons 4.4 
Total respondents (respondents could check up to three responses) 135  
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