Expert Witness Services

Expert Witness Services

Expert Witness

Water Rescue Scotland consultants come with a wealth of skills and experience to support you in a court of law.

Our consultants all specialise in their own disciplines are able to report and advise on incidents providing, sometimes critical, evidence to support your case.

Our services include

  • Investigative service
  • CRP Compliant Reports  
  • Locus of Incident Site visits
  • Video and picture editing for reports
  • Presentation of professional testimony in both civil and criminal courts

We are confident that whatever stage you are at with your claim we will be able to provide a professional service to meet your needs.

Specalist areas

  • Canyoning
  • Gorge walking / gill scrambling
  • Coasteering
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • White Water Rafting and River Inflatables

The role of the expert

The function of expert witnesses has been explained by Lord Justice-Clerk Cooper in the following terms:

'Expert witnesses, however skilled or eminent, can give no more than evidence. They cannot usurp the functions of the jury or Judge sitting as a jury, any more than a technical assessor can substitute his advice for the judgment of the court…Their duty is to furnish the Judge or jury with the necessary scientific criteria for testing the accuracy of their conclusions, so as to enable the Judge or jury to form their own independent judgment by the application of these criteria to the facts proved in evidence. The scientific opinion evidence, if intelligible, convincing and tested, becomes a factor (and often an important factor) for consideration along with the whole other evidence in the case, but the decision is for the Judge or jury. In particular the bare ipse dixit of a scientist, however eminent, upon the issue in controversy, will normally carry little weight, for it cannot be tested by cross- examination nor independently appraised, and the parties have invoked the decision of a judicial tribunal and not an oracular pronouncement by an expert'.

Citation: Davie v Edinburgh Corporation Magistrates 1953 SC 34 at 40, 1953 SLT 54 at 57