When is an Expert Witness required?

In legal proceedings, Expert Witnesses play a vital role in helping the court understand and evaluate technical, scientific, or specialised information that goes beyond the knowledge of a lawyer or the jury. Their ability to explain complex concepts in a way that is easily understandable to the judge and jury can greatly influence the outcome of a case.  

But when exactly is an Expert Witness required? 

What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is an individual with specialised knowledge, training, or experience in a particular field who is called upon to provide professional opinions and testimony in legal proceedings. Their role is to assist the court in understanding complex or technical matters related to the case.  

Their duty to the court is to provide unbiased and objective opinions based on their expertise, regardless of whether they are acting on behalf of the claimant or defendant. 

They are expected to present their findings and opinions in a clear and understandable manner, helping the judge and jury make informed decisions based on reliable and credible information. 

When is an Expert Witness required?

The decision to call an Expert Witness is made by the solicitors involved in the case, considering the complexity of the issues and the specific legal requirements of the jurisdiction.  

Expert Witnesses can play a crucial role in a range of court settings, including personal injury claims, medical negligence cases, criminal courts, family courts, civil courts, and more. 

In some instances, judges may specifically request the involvement of an Expert Witness to gain additional knowledge or evaluate complex issues of a case. However, it’s important to note that Expert Witness evidence or reports cannot be presented without the Court’s permission. 

How do I find the right Expert to support a case?

When it comes to complex legal matters, having the right Expert Witness can make all the difference in presenting a strong and persuasive case.  

With over 60 experts, MLAS offers an extensive range of specialties and disciplines to choose from, ensuring that you can find the perfect match for your case. 

Easy access

Browse effortlessly through our panel of Expert Witnesses, click on their page, read more about their experience, download their CV, and enquire with our team for more information. 

Comprehensive expertise

MLAS boasts a wide array of experts, covering various medical and non-medical fields such as medicine, engineering, finance, psychology, and more. This ensures that you can find an expert witness who possesses the precise knowledge and skills necessary to address the unique complexities of your case. 

MLAS Enquiries Team

Speak to our dedicated enquiries team to support in your search for the most suitable expert for your case. 

17 July 2023

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