Introduction

Criminal law is a broad area of legal practice that is concerned with bringing individuals who have committed crimes to justice. Criminal acts are those which violate law either prohibiting or ordering them. Criminal law encompasses offences of varying severity, from parking infringements to murder. In proportion to this, punishments can vary from fines to life imprisonment.

The imperative to legislate for peace and order falls to State and Territory governments, as the Commonwealth Parliament does not have constitutional power generally allowing them to legislate in relation to crime. Criminal cases thus usually fall within the jurisdiction of state courts, although states have opted for federal standards in some matters such as terrorism. Laws between states can be subject to quite distinct variation, as evidenced by each state or territory’s abortion laws.

As criminal offences breach state laws, the prosecution usually represents the police or the state. In more serious criminal matters, juries composed of usually twelve citizens will hear the evidence. They are responsible for determining whether an individual is guilty or not guilty of the charges brought against them “beyond reasonable doubt”, prior to any sentencing as determined by a judge.

Some examples of charges that would fall under criminal law include:

- Battery

- Vehicular theft

- Homicide

Legal practitioners involved in this area will usually engage quite broadly in the field, however may specialise as either prosecution or defence, or according to subject area (driving offences, drug offences, etc.).

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

What Expert Evidence

Given the array of offences that could give rise to a criminal case, expert witnesses from a variety of fields are regularly solicited to offer their opinions. These experts will have extensive knowledge in the broad subject area a claim relates to.

Examples of criminal cases in which expert opinions can be utilised include those involving:

- Driving offences

- Drug offences

- Theft

- Arson

- Aggravated assault

- Sexual assault

Their specialties in these cases could be in accident reconstruction and investigation, or in examining injuries and their likely causes. They can also review security footage and surveillance and comment on whether proper practice was observed. Increasingly, experts with IT backgrounds are being called to comment on cases with cyber components.

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.

Cost

The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
Relevant Articles The Structure of the Criminal Justice System in NSW

The NSW Criminal Justice System comprises multiple courts which hear cases of varying severity and allow accountability through a multi-tiered appeal system.

Opinion Evidence in Criminal Law

As a general rule a witness can only give evidence of what he or she actually observed, not his/her conclusions or opinions. There are some exceptions in criminal cases.

Relevant Cases Aytugrul v The Queen [2012] HCA 15

A homicide case with a conviction based partly on expert testimony about DNA evidence, which rendered such evidence admissible.

Cotter v The Queen [2011] VSCA 240

An arson case in which an expert in arson detection provided an opinion which supported the finding that the fire was deliberately set.

Related Field of Expertise

Profiles of Experts in Criminal law

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

  • #ID12747

Work Health and Safety (Infrastructure) expert

Dynamic and energetic senior consultant with a track record of over 20 years in strategic management and implementation of Health, Safety and Risk Management initiatives across Australian & New Zealand major infrastructure and construction projects. Exceptional ability to leverage experience as an innovative leader, managing complex relationships both internal and external whilst aspiring and working towards delivering incident and injury free project environments. 


  • #ID15164

Automotive expert expert

ID15164, is an experienced expert in the Australian motor vehicle industry since 1976, has a wealth of knowledge including detailed assessments of mechanical and body/paint issues in various vehicles—Cars, Trucks, Motor Homes, Caravans, Motorcycles, Machinery, and Boats. 


  • #ID16272

Electrical Engineer Expert expert

ID16272 is an electrical engineer with extensive experience with more than 5 years’ experience working at a leading Tier 1 & tier 2 professional service firm. ID16272 has studied and researched for more than 12 years in power system engineering and has been a casual academic for more than 6 years teaching various courses such as electrical circuits, business modeling and engineering modeling. Study and experience extends to electronic devices, photovoltaic system, energy systems, and power systems.


  • #ID15152

Forensic Engineer expert

ID15152 is a forensic engineering expert with over 40 years of experience. They are skilled in industrial physics and electrical engineering as well as uninterruptible power systems and vibration.


  • #ID14111

Master Locksmith expert

ID14111 is an investigative locksmith with over 40 years of experience. They have been running their own locksmithing business for over 35 years. Their breadth of experience includes arson, auto theft, forensic wear pattern analysis, and tool mark identification as well as many more. 


  • #ID11457

Valuation Expert expert

ID11457 is an expert valuer with over 40 years of experience over an incredibly large range of categories. They have run a successful valuation business in the past and currently frequently provide their expert opinion. Their valuation expertise spans from infrastructure and process to unique assets such as race cars.


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  • #ID1405

Microbiologist expert

ID1405 is an extremely well qualified microbiologist with expertise in research, education, management and the provision of expert reports.


  • #ID1996

Chemical Engineer / Safety, Health and Environment expert

ID1996 has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chemical Engineer with expertise in safety, health and environmental issues, dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals, process reviews and project management across a vast array of industries.


  • #ID12521

Dangerous Goods and Chemical Safety expert

ID12521 is a workplace safety consultant with expertise in relation to dangerous goods and chemicals. He is extremely well-versed in the interpretation of state, national and international legislation and codes relating to the storage, handling, transport and use of such substances.


  • #ID11193

Toxinologist expert

ID11193 is a highly qualified and experienced Toxinologist who has researched many areas over his broad career. Currently working as a Professor at a prestigious Australian university, his research revolves around the extraction of native Australian venoms for use in drug development.


  • #ID1920

Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon expert

ID1920 is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon with particular expertise in gender reassignment surgery. He performs a variety of cosmetic, reconstructive, hand and therapeutic surgery and can also advise on non-surgical procedures such as cosmetic denervation and dermal fillers.


  • #ID12317

Microbiology and Virology expert

ID12317 was trained in Microbiology and Molecular Virology at an Australian university and hospital / institute under leading Professors in the field.

Since that time his work has focused on understanding the structure and assembly of hepatitis viruses, and the use of this information to design better diagnostics, vaccines and antiviral therapies for control of major viral infections in humans.


  • #ID12286

WHS - Safety and Emergency Response Consultant expert

​ID12286 has a career spanning more than two decades, initially within emergency response and he now owns and operates a highly successful international consultancy firm specialising in high risk workplace WHS/OHS.


  • #ID8109

Psychologist expert

ID8109 is a registered psychologist specialising in workplace injury matters and behaviour modification. More specifically, his focus is on human behaviour in workplace environments, and how modification techniques can be used to alter the way in which workplaces function and to prevent workplace psychological injuries.


  • #ID11348

Forensic and Safety Engineer / Road Safety expert

ID11348 is a highly experienced and skilled expert in the fields of forensic and safety engineering, with over 25 years’ experience in the field. He has provided litigation support and quality expert reports for hundreds of cases.


  • #ID10710

Process Engineering Specialist expert

ID10710 is a specialist in the many facets of process engineering, including water and mining treatments, with over 35 years of experience. Alongside his consulting work, his research papers have contributed extensively to the scholarship surrounding the field.


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