26 Nov

Acting as an expert witness: legalities and technicalities

CIEH member: £45
Affiliate member£99
Non-member: £99

Please note that this training will be delivered via the Zoom online platform.  Please ensure that you are able to access this prior to booking.

Time: 10.00 to 12.00

Online (Zoom)

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Overview

Expert witnesses are increasingly being used in both criminal and civil litigation. Many environmental and public health professionals, trading standards officers and consultants have considerable expertise and may wish to add acting as an expert witness to their portfolio. This online training considers all aspects of being an expert witness, including what expert witnesses are, who can be an expert witness, what expert witnesses can do, the rules governing the way in which expert witnesses must act and the consequences of failing to follow them. 

Event Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of what an expert witness is, and how they differ from lay witnesses

  • Understand who can be an expert witness

  • Understand when expert witnesses can be used in both civil and criminal cases

  • Understand the rules governing how expert witnesses must behave before and during litigation, and the consequences of failing to do so

  • Understanding the structure and purpose of witness statements

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand what an expert witness is, how expertise is identified and when expert witnesses can be used

  2. An understanding of the role, duties and responsibilities of expert witnesses

Who should attend?

  • Environmental Health Practitioner (EHPs), trading standard officers and town and country planners with a particular expertise or specialist who might wish to act as expert witnesses
  • Consultants with particular expertise who may wish to act as expert witnesses
  • Public health specialists and registrars
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