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Court may give directions to expert witnesses—conferences and joint experts reports

    (1)     A court may direct expert witnesses in a proceeding—

        (a)     to hold a conference of experts; or

        (b)     to prepare a joint experts report; or

        (c)     to hold a conference and prepare a joint experts report.

    (2)     The court may direct that a conference of experts be held with or without the attendance of all or any of the following—

        (a)     the parties to the proceeding; or

        (b)     the legal practitioners of the parties; or

        (c)     an independent facilitator.

    (3)     A direction to prepare a joint experts report may include but is not limited to the following—

        (a)     that the joint experts report specifies—

              (i)     the matters agreed and not agreed by the experts; and

              (ii)     the reasons for any agreement or disagreement;

        (b)     the issues to be dealt with in the joint experts report by the expert witnesses;

        (c)     the facts, and assumptions of fact, on which the joint experts report is to be based.

    (4)     A direction may be—

        (a)     general or in relation to specified issues;

        (b)     given at any time in a proceeding, including before or after the expert witnesses have prepared or given reports.

S. 65J inserted by No. 62/2012 s. 10.

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