What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is a person whose level of specialised knowledge or skill in a particular field qualifies them to present their opinion about the facts of a case during legal proceedings.  Their principal role is to therefore provide technical analysis and opinion which will assist the court in reaching a decision.

An expert witness often prepares and presents specialised evidence on a case specific basis.  A detailed report can be provided by the expert and submitted to the Court and/or a legal representative.  Any opinions of the expert should be based on factual evidence.  If necessary, the expert can be called to give evidence under oath.

In certain cases, the expert will be requested to meet with other appointed experts in order to try and find areas of mutual agreement, based on the relative merits of the case, to help resolve a dispute.