Expert evidence: an overview

Expert evidence is used to assist the court when the case before it involves matters on which it does not have the requisite technical or specialist knowledge.

This practice note describes the different ways in which experts may be used, how to find and appoint an expert, an expert's duties and what an expert may be expected to do. It covers the requirements for the form, content and timing of an expert's report and evidence at trial.

Seeking permission to use expert evidence is dealt with in Practice note, Experts: seeking permission to use expert evidence.

Choosing an appropriately qualified and experienced expert is dealt with in Practice note, Experts: how to choose an expert witness.

Experts' reports and discussions are dealt with in Practice note, Expert evidence: reports and discussions.

Issues in relation to experts and privilege are dealt with in Practice note, Experts and privilege.

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