Acting as a witness in legal proceedings

You may be asked to give evidence in court, either as a professional witness, or an expert witness. This guidance explains the difference and the duties that come with each role.

If acting as a professional witness this guidance helps you understand the courts’ expectations about factual evidence and opinion.

If acting as an expert witness there is advice about acting within the limits of your knowledge and competence.

This guidance came into effect 22 April 2013.