As an independent organisation with over forty years’ experience at the forefront of the timber and joinery industry we are widely respected for our knowledge of timber performance, manufacturing and technology, installation and finishing. It is a respect that bestows us with the credibility to act as an expert witness.
Whereas an ‘expert’ is a person who has knowledge of a subject beyond that to be expected of a layman, an ‘expert witness’ is an expert who makes their expertise available to a court or other judicial or quasi-judicial body. It is a heavy responsibility as the expert witness is charged with helping the court understand the issues in a case and reach a sound and just decision.
As an expert witness we have to be able to provide ‘expert evidence’ to assist the court in reaching its decision. The court uses not just our technical analysis but, importantly, the opinions we may make using evidence that has been submitted.
Although expert witnesses help a court or judicial body settle an issue, judicial proceedings should be considered the ‘last resort’. Frequently, experts representing the opposing parties meet before judicial proceedings take place and their doing so often leads directly to a far less expensive, out-of-court settlement.