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Role of an Expert Witness

by | Nov 2, 2023 | Family Law

An expert witness plays an important role in Family Law matters because their expert report is considered a crucial piece of evidence before the Court.

Over the next few posts, we will provide you with information on the basics of expert witnesses and how they impact Family Law proceedings.

Role of the Expert Witness

An expert witness provides an objective and an unbiased written recommendation to the parties and the Courts in a timely manner as per the professional standards. They are required to consider all material facts and refrain from forming any personal opinions.

Should there be a report that is deemed inconclusive, the expert witness is required to provide reasons for it. Some of those reasons could potentially be that the issue/s are outside the expert witness’ expertise or qualification; or further research or information is required which might not be available at the time of completing the report, such as, failure of a parent to take part in the interview process for the purposes of the family report.

Our team of experienced Family Law lawyers at Nevett Ford Melbourne are here to assist you with any questions you may have on 03 9614 7111 or email melbourne@nevettford.com.au