In this talk, the speaker will provide an overview of expert evidence as follows :
1. General Principles
(a) The role of the expert;
(b) Importance of instructions;
(c) Professional qualities.
2. Practical issues affecting the expert’s role.
(a) Explanation of the disputes process; where the expert fits in;
(b) Rules of High Court Code of Conduct including requirement for Statement of Truth/Declaration; general duty to the Court; form of expert report; proceedings for contempt;
(c) Types of reports; pre-litigation; provisional, final and joint reports and expectations depending on the type of proceedings, e.g. formal court/arbitration proceedings, mediation, expert determination;
(d) Practical tips regarding the content of an experts report.
3. Role and expectations of an expert in formal legal proceedings including preparation for the hearing, giving evidence at hearing and preparation for cross- examination.
4. Immunity for experts/ liability for negligence.