Frequently Asked Questions
We have experts in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia or Tasmania. However, it is usually not important which state the expert comes from unless a site visit is required. We have found a site visit is only required 1 out of 10 times. Photos and/or Video may lessen the need for a site visit. If the best-qualified expert is in Sydney, then it is worth paying an airfare to get this expert to Brisbane to do a site visit. The law is usually the same or similar in each state and will not make a Brisbane based expert’s view inaccurate for a Melbourne case
Typically a solicitor would call Animal Expert Witness Service and they will explain about their case. Because we know the 60 plus experts personally we will suggest to the solicitor who would be best. We then ask the solicitors to send us a brief electronically. We prefer to get it electronically rather than in paper form because it is easier for us to send on the brief to the member of our panel if we have it electronically
Just send an application to us through our website.(https://www.animalexpertwitness.com.au/register/) We are interested in receiving applications from people who are “at the top of their game” and maybe interested in an additional income stream.
Typically we would charge $290/hr plus GST to the solicitor.Typically we would pay our consultant $170/hr plus GST. This allow us to run business providing the sourcing the experts and helping the experts produce the report.
When we get a new expert joining our panel, we explain they need to be prepared to go to court even though 19 out of 20 matters are settled without going to court . If the matter is going to court we also teach our experts the challenges associated with going to court and being cross examined by the barrister on the opposing side. We will provide the expert with important constructive criticism through videos so the expert can see how they are coming across when they answer the questions that have been posed by the barrister.