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The role of an expert witness

The role of the expert witness is to assist the court on specialist or technical matters within their expertise. This of course is based on the assumption that the expert witness is a person who has expert knowledge in a particular subject and that it is more than that of the average person and therefore can give appropriate advice.

Dr Mould fulfils this role.

The report

Reports are an important element and experts have to draw upon their expertise to cover every angle of the case. Experts are required to take into account all material facts before them at the time that they give their opinion and write their report. Obviously they may be able to request other facts, such as medical notes, although sometimes these are difficult to obtain. Nevertheless, this can produce additional useful facts. An important additional point is that evaluating the literature around the subject is necessary, and this is especially true in the field of pharmacology and toxicology. It is essential therefore to have access to the various databases that contain all the relevant information and to ensure that these databases are current.

By this means, Dr Mould keeps abreast of all the current and latest scientific information by having access to local scientific libraries.

The content

The interpretation of pharmacological, pharmaceutical and toxicological evidence is an important function of the expert witness.

Evidence may be in the form of blood results taken from post mortem samples or from surviving persons. Because of the expertise in pharmacokinetics, the interpretation of drug concentrations in the body is of particular relevance and the experience gained through being involved in this subject is invaluable in the role of the expert.

The interpretation of blood (breath or urine) alcohol samples from persons involved in driving accidents is an example of this expertise. Back extrapolation of the alcohol concentration at the time of drinking can then be calculated.

The assessment of drug and metabolites is useful in deciding when a drug may have been taken in relation to the incident, such as morphine and its metabolites.

The interaction of drugs is another example of how expertise can decide whether a relevant and potentially serious interaction can occur which may result in abnormal behaviour, such as antihistamines and alcohol.

Evidence may be in the form of seized drugs and whether amounts are for sole therapeutic use or even illicit use or for selling on to others.

The result

Dr Mould has been producing reports and advice for a number of years. Some have been successful in defending and prosecuting clients and some have been unsuccessful. In all cases, Dr Mould will give you an unbiased opinion to the facts presented. He will inform you if he is not able to help or point you in another direction and that after all is what the expert is all about. So contact Dr Mould now.

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