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The Times They Are A-Changin’: More Important Stuff on Expert Witnesses

September 2017 Blaney McMurtry LLP, Ontario

It is trite to say that the hallmark of the Canadian judicial system (and of most common-law jurisdictions) is fairness. In pursuit of preserving that hallmark, the law governing expert witnesses has evolved greatly over the past 20 years.  Gone are the days of the ‘hired gun’ – the biased expert witness, whom a party could retain to do its bidding, and who would say whatever it took to win.  Nowadays, expert witnesses must be independent, and advance evidence that is fair, objective and non-partisan, despite who is paying their bills.

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