Admissibility of Fire Origin and Cause Opinions

2016 produced a variety of court decisions that emphasized the continuing adoption of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations as the measure by which judges across the country decide the reliability and admissibility of origin and cause opinions of fire investigators in civil and criminal cases. Challenges to experts’ opinions on both sides of a case, through motions in limine or motions to exclude, have now become routine in fire cases. Columbus Partner-In-Charge Alexander M. Andrews examines a number of decisions handed down in 2016 that deal with these issues in a recent article. Click here for the full article.