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Requirements for report

429H Requirements for report

(1) A report prepared by the expert must be addressed to the court and signed by the expert.
(2) The report must include the following information—
(a) the expert’s qualifications;
(b) all material facts, whether written or oral, on which the report is based;
(c) the expert’s reasons for each opinion expressed in the report;
(d) references to any literature or other material relied on by the expert to prepare the report;
(e) for any inspection, examination or experiment conducted, initiated, or relied on by the expert to prepare the report—
(i) a description of what was done; and
(ii) whether the inspection, examination or experiment was done by the expert or under the expert’s supervision; and
(iii) the name and qualifications of any other person involved; and
(iv) the result;
(f) if there is a range of opinion on matters dealt with in the report—a summary of the range of opinion, and the reasons why the expert adopted a particular opinion;
(g) if the expert believes the report may be incomplete or inaccurate without a qualification—the qualification;
(h) a summary of the conclusions reached by the expert;
(i) a statement about whether access to any readily ascertainable additional facts would assist the expert in reaching a more reliable conclusion.
(3) If the expert believes an opinion expressed in the report is not a concluded opinion, the report must state, where the opinion is expressed, the reason for the expert’s belief.
Examples of reasons why an expert may believe an opinion is not a concluded opinion—
• insufficient research
• insufficient data
(4) The expert must confirm in the report that—
(a) the expert has read, and agrees to be bound by, the code of conduct; and
(b) the factual matters stated in the report are, as far as the expert knows, true; and
(c) the expert has made all inquiries considered appropriate; and
(d) the opinions stated in the report are genuinely held by the expert; and
(e) the report contains reference to all matters the expert considers significant; and
(f) the expert understands the expert’s duty to the court and has complied with the duty.

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