About the book
A core task of the courts is to evaluate expert evidence and to determine the probative value that should be given to the reports and testimony by expert witnesses, especially medical and scientific. This is so whether the litigation is criminal, civil or family law. Courts rely heavily upon both expert evidence in the form of fact and opinion. This requires clarity and reliability in the evidence by forensic experts and also adherence to sound methodologies and ethical precepts. Courts experience particular challenges in dealing with conflicting expert evidence. This has resulted in diverse methodologies include the use of assessors, court-appointed experts, expert juries, expert conclaves and the giving of concurrent evidence by expert witnesses. Issues arising from the evolving rules of evidentiary admissibility have also been controversial in light of the evolution of new forms of forensic science and medicine which have generated scholarship about both miscarriages of justice and scientific validity and reliability.
This book will provide readers with an overview of assessment of expert evidence and assist lawyers and experts alike to reflect more deeply on how forensic reports and testimony are presented and evaluated.