Rule 706. Court Appointed Experts
(a) Appointment. The court may on its own motion or on
the motion of any party enter an order to show cause why
expert witnesses should not be appointed, and may request
the parties to submit nominations. The court may appoint any
expert witnesses agreed upon by the parties, and may appoint
expert witnesses of its own selection. An expert
witness shall not be appointed by the court unless the witness
consents to act. A witness so appointed shall be informed of
the witnessí duties by the court in writing, a copy of which
shall be filed with the clerk, or ant a conference in which the
parties shall have opportunity to participate. A witness so
appointed shall advise the parties of the witnessí
findings, if any; the witnessí deposition may be taken by any
party; and the witness may be called to testify by the court or
any party. The witness shall be subject to cross-examination
by each party, including a party calling the witness.
(b) Compensation. Expert witnesses so appointed are
entitled to reasonable compensation in whatever sum the
court may allow. The compensation thus fixed is payable
from funds which may be provided by law in criminal cases
and civil actions and proceedings involving just
compensation under the fifth amendment. In other civil
actions and proceedings the compensation shall be paid by
the parties in such proportion and at such time as the court
directs, and thereafter charged in like manner as other costs.
(d) Disclosure of Appointment. In the exercise of its discretion, the court may authorize disclosure to the jury of the fact that the court appointed the expert witness.
(e) Partiesí Experts of Own Selection. Nothing in this rule limits the parties in calling expert witnesses of their own selection.