Expert Evidence in Civil Proceedings - (Book)

Expert Evidence in Civil Proceedings - (Book)

John Katz QC


$190.05 RRP + GST

Date: 27/11/2018

Code: 9781988553320

Thomson Reuters, NEW ZEALAND



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The High Court Rules 2016 state that an “expert witness has an overriding duty to assist the court impartially on relevant matters within the expert’s area of expertise”. Within those rules and the Evidence Act 2006 the parameters for expert evidence are set, supported by a body of constantly evolving case law.

Expert Evidence in Civil Proceedings is a source work for civil litigators, civil litigation students, members of the judiciary and those who appear as expert witnesses. It offers a subject based analysis of issues arising from expert evidence being called in proceedings with each chapter standing alone as a complete discussion of a topic.

The opening chapters of the book set the scene for expert evidence and its role in the courts with a short history of its origins in the Ikarian Reefer shipping case and discussion of the rationale, benefits and dangers of it being utilised. From there the text follows the life of a practitioner’s relationship with expert evidence, from the must-know limits and nature of expert evidence through to selecting and preparing an expert, settling expert briefs, managing bias and ensuring compliance with the Code of Conduct in practice. The closing chapters discuss costs and what remedies are available when expert evidence is proved wrong.

Expert Evidence in Civil Proceedings captures the principles of expert evidence in a unique snapshot of the law with an eye on the avalanche of ongoing case law and developments. The text is a reference, a guide, and a tool for discussion and debate.

Extract from the Foreword by Hon Paul Heath QC

Mr Katz provides a sound foundation for an understanding of the reasons why expert evidence is called, and gives valuable guidance on the way in which counsel should consider the nature, importance and purpose of proposed expert evidence. There is a comprehensive analysis of the relevant provisions of the Evidence Act 2006, and a number of judicial decisions from a broad range of jurisdictions. At the risk of being seen as giving expert evidence, Mr Katz has produced a resource that will be of great value to the judiciary, the legal profession and expert witnesses. This is a text which should be kept at arm’s length for ready consultation by any lawyer conducting civil litigation.