Forensic Analysis and Expert Witness Testimony, The New Zealand Experience: Darkness and Light - Collisions and Barriers

This paper describes how, patience, care and accuracy are the key attributes of all forensic analysis that need to be combined with an ability to communicate the findings in order to contribute usefully as an expert witness. It discusses experience and practice in New Zealand illustrated with reference to two milestone investigations. The challenges of a crash investigation are often considerable in assembling and examining individual pieces of information, a few marks and scratches on the road, the remains of bent and broken vehicles, partial measurements, and incomplete photographs and from your resulting calculations and opinions, then being required to present and defend your findings as an expert witness before a Court. It is certainly not for the faint-hearted. This paper briefly reviews the procedures and practices that have evolved in New Zealand with its “no-fault” basis to legislation, and the particular rules that apply to the conduct of expert witnesses in the High Court. The range of adversarial and inquisitorial investigations is illustrated by reference to two particular cases. A summary and discussion of two particular cases is used to illustrate kinds of adversarial and inquisitorial investigations that are typical of the range of cases encountered in crash investigations.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM;
  • Pagination: 5p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006782
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2005 12:21PM