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FAMILY LAW RULES 2004 - RULE 15.45

Order for single expert witness

             (1)  The court may, on application or on its own initiative, order that expert evidence be given by a single expert witness.

             (2)  When considering whether to make an order under subrule (1), the court may take into account factors relevant to making the order, including:

                     (a)  the main purpose of these Rules (see rule 1.04) and the purpose of this Part (see rule 15.42);

                     (b)  whether expert evidence on a particular issue is necessary;

                     (c)  the nature of the issue in dispute;

                     (d)  whether the issue falls within a substantially established area of knowledge; and

                     (e)  whether it is necessary for the court to have a range of opinion.

             (3)  The court may appoint a person as a single expert witness only if the person consents to the appointment.

             (4)  A party does not need the court's permission to tender a report or adduce evidence from a single expert witness appointed under subrule (1).



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