1. The court may order the defendant or the State or both to show cause why expert witnesses should not be appointed, and may request the parties to submit nominations.
2. The court may appoint any expert witnesses agreed upon by the parties, and may appoint witnesses of its own selection. An expert witness shall not be appointed by the court unless he consents to act.
3. A witness so appointed shall be informed of his 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 the opportunity to participate.
4. A witness so appointed shall advise the parties of his findings, if any, and may thereafter be called to testify by the court or by any party. He shall be subject to cross-examination by each party.
5. The court may determine the reasonable compensation of such a witness and direct its payment out of such funds as may be provided by law.
6. The parties also may call expert witnesses of their own selection.
7. An expert witness, whether appointed by the court or called by a party, may in the discretion of the judge be excluded from the courtroom during the testimony of other witnesses.
Last modified: February 25, 2006