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A Guide to Expert Witness Evidence
A Guide to Expert Witness Evidence

A Guide to Expert Witness Evidence

An Irish Law Guide


440 Pages, 6.141732 x 9.212598

Trade Paper, $172.00 (US $172.00)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781847667175

Rights: US

Bloomsbury Professional (Sep 2019)

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A Guide to Expert Witness Evidence is a uniquely comprehensive exploration of expert witness evidence in Ireland. This new book places the expert witness in context, giving an overview of the Irish legal system both civil and criminal, and the different types of quasi-judicial tribunals and arbitration/mediation procedures. Once placed in this context, the practicalities of the expert witness' role are explored. The book explains who can be an expert witness, the scope and the limits of evidence given by expert witnesses, and the function and duty of expert witnesses. A key part of the book examines the role of the expert in a pre-trial context, including report writing, as well as the expert giving evidence in court. The book then examines experts in various contexts, whether in the commercial courts, family law, local authority disputes, or criminal, medical and engineering trials. The book is not only aimed at lawyers but also potential expert witnesses. In this way the book is a truly comprehensive guide to expert witness evidence, detailing not only the background and the logistics but also the practicalities.

Author Biography

Mark Tottenham is a barrister in practice in Dublin and on the south-eastern circuit. He is the editor of Stare Decisis Hibernia, an online legal resource, and Law Ireland, a print journal. He has written for Laffoy's Irish Conveyancing Precedents, and was the editor of the Irish Tax Reports 2017. Emma Jane Prendergast is a barrister in practice in Dublin. She lectures at third level, is engaged in consultancy with statutory organisations and has experience as a member of the fitness to practice committee of a professional regulatory body. Ciaran Joyce is a barrister, now working as a knowledge lawyer at A&L Goodbody, solicitors. Hugh Madden is a barrister, now working as an artist and cartoonist.