Sunday, 6 July 2014

Expert Witness: Water / Environmental Chartered Engineer

I'm getting ready for a couple of court appearances in autumn as an expert witness. In both cases I produced a Part 35 compliant report for the court, but in only one of the cases did the "other side" commission an expert witness to produce another one.

There should of course be no "other side", as all expert witnesses have a duty to the court, rather than their client. Judging by some reports I have been sent in the past, some other "experts" are not as clear on this as I am. I imagine that those who write partial reports must dread a court appearance, when their presentation of what is at best dodgy minority opinion as consensus opinion, or even fact will be exposed.

That said, one of the court cases which were pending has just been settled out of court on the basis of my report, to the complete satisfaction my my client. When you are right, you are right.

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