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Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005
Current version for 8 November 2019 to date (accessed 20 February 2020 at 10:08)
31.20   Court may give directions regarding expert witnesses
(1)  Without limiting its other powers to give directions, the court may at any time give such directions as it considers appropriate in relation to the use of expert evidence in proceedings.
(2)  Directions under this rule may include any of the following—
(a)  a direction as to the time for service of experts’ reports,
(b)  a direction that expert evidence may not be adduced on a specified issue,
(c)  a direction that expert evidence may not be adduced on a specified issue except by leave of the court,
(d)  a direction that expert evidence may be adduced on specified issues only,
(e)  a direction limiting the number of expert witnesses who may be called to give evidence on a specified issue,
(f)  a direction providing for the engagement and instruction of a parties’ single expert in relation to a specified issue,
(g)  a direction providing for the appointment and instruction of a court-appointed expert in relation to a specified issue,
(h)  a direction requiring experts in relation to the same issue to confer, either before or after preparing experts’ reports in relation to a specified issue,
(i)  any other direction that may assist an expert in the exercise of the expert’s functions,
(j)  a direction that an expert who has prepared more than one expert’s report in relation to any proceedings is to prepare a single report that reflects his or her evidence in chief.