Expert evidence

Evidence presented by a person who is accepted by the court as an expert, based on his or her educational qualifications and experience, and who is permitted to express an opinion about technical or complex issues. In youth justice court proceedings, the most commonly admitted expert evidence deals with mental health issues and the likelihood of rehabilitation or future offending. Expert evidence may also be introduced to deal with such forensic issues as DNA evidence. It may involve testimony by a witness, or, if not contested, can be presented to the court by a written report.