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FAMILY LAW RULES 2004 - RULE 15.46

Orders the court may make

                   The court may, in relation to the appointment of, instruction of, or conduct of a case involving, a single expert witness make an order, including an order:

                     (a)  requiring the parties to confer for the purpose of agreeing on the person to be appointed as a single expert witness;

                     (b)  that, if the parties cannot agree on who should be the single expert witness, the parties give the court a list stating:

                              (i)  the names of people who are experts on the relevant issue and have consented to being appointed as an expert witness; and

                             (ii)  the fee each expert will accept for preparing a report and attending court to give evidence;

                     (c)  appointing a single expert witness from the list prepared by the parties or in some other way;

                     (d)  determining any issue in dispute between the parties to ensure that clear instructions are given to the expert;

                     (e)  that the parties:

                              (i)  confer for the purpose of preparing an agreed letter of instructions to the expert; and

                             (ii)  submit a draft letter of instructions for settling by the court;

                      (f)  settling the instructions to be given to the expert;

                     (g)  authorising and giving instructions about any inspection, test or experiment to be carried out for the purposes of the report; or

                     (h)  that a report not be released to a person or that access to the report be restricted.



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