Wednesday October 21, 2020

High Court judge condemns the excessive use of experts

A High Court judge has criticised unnecessary "expert evidence" during trials after dismissing a damages claim by a woman who fell and injured herself on a bus

4th November, 2012
The judge said athlete Eamonn Coghlan was an example of experts not being required to tell the court that 'people can dash about quickly'. Photo: Getty

A High Court judge has criticised unnecessary "expert evidence" during trials. Mr Justice Peter Charleton was speaking after dismissing a damages claim by a woman who fell and injured herself on a bus as it braked to avoid hitting a boy who'd run into the road.

Eight expert witnesses gave evidence - engineers for both sides, a driving expert for the woman and five medical witnesses.

"At one point, the court was informed by an...

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