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Increasing Adoption of Harmonised Expert Witness Code of Conduct – Towards a Nationwide Approach

As outlined in our November 2016 blog, Sweeping Changes for Federal Court Practice Notes, the Federal Court, in late 2016, issued 26 updated practice notes for use in federal litigation. The previously used Practice Note CM7 Expert Witnesses in Proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia was replaced with the considerably lengthier Expert Evidence Practice Note (GNP-EXPT) […]

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Woods slams “poisoned mind” of state’s key Expert Witness

Gordon Wood’s landmark lawsuit against the state of New South Wales continues to highlight the need to source independent expert witnesses who are properly briefed on their obligations to the court. Mr Wood, whose conviction for the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2012, recently claimed […]

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Case Study: s 79(2) of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) and the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse – the continuing and broader significance of child development and behaviour experts

  The development of s 79(2) In 2005, the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’) proposed amendments to the uniform Evidence Law scheme to encourage the admission of expert testimony on child development and behaviour in child assault cases.[1] The ALRC’s 2005 report Uniform Evidence Law lists two attributes of the rules governing the admission of […]

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In two minds: what happens when an expert witness changes their mind?

It is without doubt that expert witnesses play a vital role in the dispute resolution process. They provide insights into technical and scientific fields without which the court would often be unable to make a fully informed decision on the case before it. However, expert witnesses present their own set of challenges for courts and […]

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