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Inspections & Reports

As Expert Witnesses, Consulting Forensic Engineers are servants of the court and obliged to conduct their investigations and prepare their Reports in an appropriate professional manner. The overriding duty of an Expert Witness is to assist the Court in its deliberations.

In High Court Personal Injury Actions there are Court Rules which require the Exchange of Expert Reports prior to the hearing of the case. The Rules lay down specific provisions as to the content of an Expert Witness Report.

In order to assist Members implement these Rules the Association of Consulting Forensic Engineers published in January 2000 the ACFE Guidelines for Court Reports and the ACFE Guidelines for Inspections. These can be viewed in their entirety on the page tabbed ACFE Guidelines.

As Expert Witnesses, Consulting Forensic Engineers are covered by the provisions of the 2004 Civil Liability and Courts Act and in particular Section 25. Under this section there severe criminal sanctions for parties convicted of attempting to mislead the courts either directly or by giving information which they know to be untrue to an expert witness. The Act can be downloaded from the Acts page of the Oireachtas Web site: www.oireachtas.ie