What is the Purpose of a Certificate of Merit?

A "certificate of merit" is a medical malpractice form many plaintiffs must file before they can proceed with their case. To file a certificate the plaintiff must have an expert witness review their medical records to see if the plaintiff's injuries were caused because of negligence. After this, the plaintiff's attorney files a certificate of merit as confirmation that the attorney has consulted with a medical expert. The plaintiff's case is granted merit.