Courts differentiate between lay witnesses, who give evidence as to events that happened, and expert witnesses, who are required to advise the Court. A lay witness, for example, might be able to say that he pressed the brake pedal but the car didn’t stip. An expert witness, who would be a mechanic, would be able to explain that the reason for that was that the brakes pads had worn. Experts are the only types of witness permitted to give an opinion. Others must stick to fact.
Expert evidence is often decisive in the case and Courts also demand that it is prepared in the form of a statement and exchanged in advance of the trial. Again, the point is that the other side gets a clear idea of the strength of the other’s case and, if necessary, can decide to try to settle to case instead of fighting on.
TYPICAL TIMESCALE – ONE MONTH
Step 9: Pre Trial review (PTR)