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Expert reports

7.14 An expert witness is not an advocate for a party.

7.15 Every report prepared by an expert witness must include the following:

(a) the name and address of the expert

(b) an acknowledgement that the expert has read this code of conduct and agrees to be bound by it

(c) the expert’s qualifications to prepare the report

(d) the facts and assumptions of fact, on which the opinions in the report are based (a letter of instructions may be annexed)

(e) the expert’s reasons for each opinion expressed

(f) if applicable, that a particular issue falls outside the expert’s field of expertise

(g) any literature or other materials used in support of the opinions

(h) any examinations, tests or other investigations on which the expert has relied, including details of the qualifications of the person who carried them out

(i) whether any opinion expressed in the report is not a concluded opinion because of insufficient research, data or for any other reason

(j) in the case of a report that is lengthy or complex, a brief summary of the report (to be located at the beginning of the report).

7.16 If an expert witness changes their opinion on a material matter after providing a report, the expert witness must immediately provide a supplementary report to that effect containing all relevant information as listed above.