Expert evidence and healthcare professionals

Ian Freckelton

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Practice in Forensic Medicine
EditorsJohn Gall, Jason Payne-James
Place of PublicationWest Sussex UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780470973165, 9780470973158
ISBN (Print)9780470744871
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2011


  • Adversarial judicial systems, in UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US-cases decided on the basis of information adduced by parties to litigation
  • cross-examination, exercise of testing, probing and imposition of accountability
  • Doctors and healthcare professionals-finding it stressful and traumatic, in giving evidence in courts and tribunals, as expert witnesses
  • Evidentiary rules of admissibility-determining information, experts are permitted to provide to courts
  • Examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination of medical practitioners-forensic physicians' ability in adapting to the witness box
  • Expert evidence and healthcare professionals
  • Expert witnesses, the special entitlement-giving evidence, in the form of opinions, not just facts
  • Expert' for court purposes-person, with specialized knowledge by reason of skill, experience or training
  • Eye contact, taking it out-of-play as a technique-helpful for the witness
  • Forensic physicians and forensic pathologists-with experience, familiarity in giving evidence in court, sometimes finding it difficult

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