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What are Requirements for Becoming a UAE Expert Witness

The requirements for becoming a qualified expert witness in UAE can be categorized into two:

  1. Practical requirements, which are the most important;
  2. Legal requirements.

what are Legal requirements for being an expert witness in UAE?

The legal requirements which have to be met are fairly minimal. In the UAE, an expert witness should have skill, training, education, experience, and knowledge which helps the trier or judge in understanding evidence presented in court and to determine facts in a particular issue. It’s certainly a broad standard. With that being said, almost all adults can become qualified to be expert witnesses in certain areas. In some jurisdictions in UAE, they require physicians to testify as expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases and they should be of similar or same specialties as defendants.

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Practical requirements for being an Expert Witness in UAE

More practical requirements to be a UAE expert witness will prove to be more extensive. Some of them are the following:

  • Demand for the professional’s area of expertise – a professional’s area of expertise has to be the specific one that a litigator is looking for
  • Commitment to excellence and a competitive spirit – an expert witness in UAE should provide services that are of great quality. An expert witness should stay competitive in the market, continuously acquiring knowledge in his/her area of expertise
  • The ability is always beating or meeting deadlines – take note that litigation is very crucial to deadlines. There are legal repercussions to not showing in a timely manner.
  • Lack of skeletons that are hidden in the closet like revocations of applicable licenses, criminal convictions, doing poorly to a job that’s resulted to a poor reputation, being disqualified on past assignments as an expert witness in UAE, controversial writings of the past, and more
  • Having a schedule which is flexible in order to comply with trial appearances and depositions
  • Having an employer or being self-employed to be allowed to serve as a UAE expert witness
  • Having enough time to do the assignment of being an expert witness effectively – this can mean working on weekends and nights
  • Being thick-skinned and ready to take the stand – an expert witness is not for an individual that does not like to speak up. The opposing side can make it the goal in challenging the credentials and work of the expert witness and paint him or her as a sloppy, unqualified, biased and/or less than honest individual
  • Great communication skills – an expert witness in UAE that lacks in written and verbal communication skills can be seen as useless
  • A fee schedule and a contract to perform as a UAE expert witness
  • A CV so retaining counsel is able to review the professional’s qualifications
  • Having excellent skills in research, investigation, and organization

If you want to consult with an expert witness in UAE as you’d like to become one or you plan on retaining one for an impending case, don’t hesitate to contact us here in Farahat & Co, most especially for cases related to fraud and money laundering.

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What is the role of an expert witness?

While a professional or specialist may not have any experience in being an expert witness in a courtroom, the expert can still play a crucial role in a judicial process from his/her testing methods and expert knowledge. Reliable testing offers results that are accurate and with less error rate. This is very crucial in understanding a certain topic that’s both confusing to the general public and has a negative impact on the defendant.

There are a lot of experts which have critical roles not only in championing the defendant in a criminal case in a way that is most certainly not biased but also in proving to the court the evidence of the prosecution side. An expert witness in UAE can also prove useful for either a plaintiff or defense for a civil case. An expert’s experience, knowledge, and complete understanding of a certain topic are what offer clients with credibility for believing opinions.

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Does an Expert have to possess experience in the job?

More often than not, a professional or specialist isn’t an expert or can’t be considered yet as an expert until he/she has training and experience on the job. This means it is required of a specialist to take part in any interaction in the courtroom. The professional may have to provide testimony, have a great relationship with seasoned lawyers in the country, and test certain evidence.

Some can work in a case on both sides. There are even those that work in civil and criminal cases. But, it is very crucial to focus on a certain aspect of a legal battle prior to thinking or considering expansion. By the second time that the professional is hired, he may not have sufficient experience on the job to face issues or even have relevance to a certain subject.

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Mohamed Ali Farahat has worked on various forensic accounting assignments, which include operational and financial audits, reconstruction of accounting statements, financial information analysis, and investigation of fraud and financial distress. Read more