Revised April 2022
Originally approved June 2016
Affidavits of merit provided by the plaintiff’s expert witness are required in some jurisdictions to assure that a legal case has a substantive basis for filing purposes. Their stated intent is to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits. Anonymous affidavits of merit are uncommon; however, in some cases and regions courts allow affidavits of merit to be filed anonymously.
Anonymous testimony, in any form, prevents confirmation of the expert’s qualifications, authoritative expertise, and potential bias, all of which are crucial to fair and proper evaluation of claims.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) opposes the admission of anonymous affidavits of merit in medical malpractice litigation and other judicial proceedings.