Qualifying and Challenging Expert Evidence
Eric V. Gottardi
, Jennifer A. MacLellan
, Michael Lacy
, Robin Flumerfelt
General Editor(s): Brian H. Greenspan
, Vincenzo Rondinelli
Expert evidence is a powerful force in the administration of justice in Canada. The testimony of an expert can influence the court’s perception of a fact or a suspect, often impacting the outcome of a trial. It is therefore crucial that all members of the criminal justice system participate in the rigorous qualification, preparation, and examination of expert evidence.
Qualifying and Challenging Expert Evidence is an essential guide for legal practitioners and expert witnesses participating in a criminal trial. Applicable to Crown, defence counsel, and the judiciary, this handbook uses clear and concise language to address all aspects of expert witness testimony from start to finish.
Authored by a respected team of cross-national legal experts, Qualifying and Challenging Expert Evidence integrates varied perspectives to achieve a balanced, engaging, and comprehensive approach unmatched by any other resource. It maintains a practical focus while weaving strategic guidance with an analysis of case law and the relevant provisions of the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act.
Ranging from psychiatry to forensics and from pathology to technology, this resource will prepare legal practitioners for the procedural, tactical, and strategic elements of qualifying and challenging expert witnesses in criminal cases.
This text is Volume 15 in Emond’s Criminal Law Series.