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.