Expert witness

November 29th, 2023 by James Goudie KC

The general rule in civil cases is that a party must challenge by cross-examination evidence of any witness of an opposing party on a material point which he or she claims should not be accepted by the Trial Judge. This applies not only to witnesses of fact, and/or where the character of the witness is impugned, but also, the Supreme Court says in TUI v GRIFFITHS ( 2023) UKSC 48 to expert witnesses. This however is not a rigid requirement. It depends upon the circumstances of each case. The question is whether, taken as a whole, the trial is fair. The Supreme Court gives non-exclusive instances in which this requirement may be relaxed.

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