- What is the Validation Badge?
The Validation Badge is a credential that establishes to a high degree of certainty that you are a valid participant in the judicial process.
- Why was the Validation Badge created?
Simply, because the technology exists to provide a feasible method for background validation that will save all judicial participants the time, aggravation, and adverse legal consequences that ensue when this validation is not done. When negative background blowups occur for reasons related to the Validation Badge criteria recommended by the Validation Committee, this harms everyone; the parties and lawyers involved, the judiciary, and the standing of the expert witness community.
- Who recommended the Validation Badge Criteria?
After conferencing on more than one occasion, sharing opinions, and finally reaching a consensus, the Expert Witness Validation Committee unanimously recommended the adopted criteria and procedures for the verification of expert witness credentials and background information.
- Why should I apply for a Validation Badge?
Experts should apply for a Validation Badge as proof positive that you accurately represent your credentials, education, and work experience. With a Validation Badge, nothing in your background is likely to become a distraction from the qualitative opinions that you form and may offer into evidence.
The Validation Badge distinguishes you from those who do not possess the credential, thereby removing doubt about the validity of what you say about yourself on your CV and in court testimony. This in turn provides increased assurance to the retaining attorney.
- May I display the Validation Badge on my personal website and/or social media for marketing purposes?
Yes, but in order to comply with the FTC guidelines on the use of endorsements, you must maintain the electronic link back to the website, which will already be digitally embedded into each badge the Expert Witness Exchange issues.
- How much does the Validation Badge cost?
The application cost for a Validation Badge is $350.00, although members of collaborative expert witness associations may be entitled to discounts. Inquire with any associations with whom you are affiliated, or ask us by sending your message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual renewal and/or interim recertification request fee is currently set at $100.00 per year.
- Will there be an annual re-validation?
Yes, unless you ask the Expert Witness Exchange not to do so, or fail to pay the annual re-validation registry fee.
Note that the Expert Witness Exchange reserves the right to conduct a re-validation on its own at the request of another person or entity who pays the required fee.
- May an attorney request validation of an opposing expert?
While the technology to do this certainly exists, we are not offering this service to opposing counsel in the hope and expectation that the Validation Badge will be received as an important credential for an expert to possess and be voluntarily embraced.
- Is the Validation Badge and related validation service request primarily for the protection of attorneys or does it help the expert witness community as well?
The Validation Badge initiative is intended to protect both the attorneys and expert witness associations by minimizing the systemic harm which results from fraud and non disclosures of personal background matters, which have great potential to cause embarrassment and distraction, taking the focus off the quality and value of the expert witness opinions involved in any pending court case. An expert witness credentialing or personal background controversy, which the retaining attorney had no practical way of being aware of nor discussing with their chosen expert consultant prior to disclosure of that expert’s opinion, harms the standing of the expert witness community and the expert witness organization with which they are associated. The controversy may also diminish the value of any other qualitative credential issued by other expert witness credentialing organizations.
- May an interim re-validation be requested?
Yes, so long as the possessor of the badge, another person, or another entity requesting the re-validation pays the required fee.
- How do I apply for my Validation Badge?
1. Click “Register your interest as an Expert” on our homepage. Upload your CV and a digital photo of yourself. In addition to your contact details, indicate that you would like to obtain the Validation Badge credential.
2. Complete the online application at the Marketplace URL link you will be provided with.
Your photo is required in JPEG format at the time of, or no later than two weeks from, application submission.
3. Download and digitally sign the authorization.
4. Remit the Validation Badge application fee.
- How much does it cost for me to appeal my denied application for a Validation Badge?
$250 for the appeal itself, plus the submission of any committee-requested documents to support the decision-making process are to be provided at the applicant’s sole expense.
- How much does it cost to request an interim update of an already validated expert?
$100, which does not include current employment verification but does extend to a search for activity in the other listed criteria for Validation Badge issuance.
- Why is the Validation Badge necessary if I already hold a professional license issued by a government authority?
Whether or not you hold a license and whether it has been suspended or revoked previously, is in fact subject to validation.. In addition, while some of the criteria contained within the Validation Badge application may have been verified previously, not necessarily all of the background criteria has been or was validated. Finally, the information that was true at the time of the background check performed by the issuing entity may no longer be true, as circumstances may have developed that a retaining attorney or opposing counsel may not be aware of.
- How is the Validation Badge different from other certificates offered by other organizations requiring background checks/verification?
Many such certificates and credentials have, as their primary focus, qualitative assessment or accomplishment as the primary criteria. Some include educational verification and others may include one or more of the criteria included in the Validation Badge as part of the application process. But NO other expert witness credentialing organization includes all of the criteria that the Validation Badge sets forth. Furthermore, none update on an annual basis or enable interim verification within a shorter period than annually upon request.
- Are there other organizations which provide the same or a similar service?
No other expert witness credentialing organization provides the comprehensive assessment of all the criteria listed in the Validation Badge initiative. No other organization provides for actual verification of all background criteria, making the effort to actually verify (For example, with spot checking). In addition, the Validated Expert Registry is not restricted to any particular membership base, but rather includes all experts from any discipline. The inquiries concerning Validation Badge recipients may similarly be made by all attorneys identifying themselves by registering with the Expert Witness Exchange in advance of submitting their request.
- Is the Validation Badge credential redundant or in any way competing with the certifications issued by any professional associations that I may be associated with?
The Validation Badge credential provides an all-in-one background validation process, which is not competitive with the qualitative assessments and performance criteria of most every other credential offered by other industry associations. The Validation Badge initiative in fact enables other qualitative credentialing organizations to focus on the qualitative factors that they are able to assess themselves. It avoids redundancy in the marketplace, and the periodic embarrassment of having one of its members who was issued a qualitative credential being recognized as possessing fraudulent or unsavory elements in their background.
- Who does the actual validating?
A team of professionally trained credential research analysts will be doing the actual validating.
- What does the Validation Process entail?
A variety of methods, including: access to recognized public and private data bases, correspondence with both certifying and degree-issuing bodies, third party verification methods, and employers.
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