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 choose 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, questions on the report, privilege, how to deal with experts' discussions and evidence at trial.
Note: We have updated this note in light of the CJC Guidance on instructing experts as it reflects the current state of the law, in particular the April 2013 Jackson reforms. We understand that it will be formally in effect shortly. In this regard, see the papers from the CPRC 10 October 2014 meeting, which were made publicly available on 11 November 2014.