2021 November Educational seminar

Date: Time
18-November-2021 16:00 (4:00 pm) PDT
18-November-2021 19:00 (7:00 pm) EDT
19-November-202124000 00:00 (00:00 ) GMT
19-November-2021 02:00 (02:00 am) SAST
19-November-2021 12:00 (12:00 pm) NZDT

Speaker – Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C.

Topic – Expert Reports: Tips for Drafting and the Importance of Peer Review


An expert’s written report is a key deliverable and is the culmination of the expert’s work, aside from testifying. The expert report documents the work, methodology, and analysis undertaken by the expert, and outlines the opinions reached. At trial, the report forms the basis for direct and cross examination. It is discoverable, evaluated and critiqued by opposing experts and counsel, and can be of assistance when giving testimony. Despite the importance of the expert report, limited guidance is provided on how to structure a report and provide meaningful content. This one-hour presentation provides guidance on how to draft expert reports and the importance of the peer review process. It is an excerpt from the presenter’s Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses course which has been delivered to a broad array of experts (and experts-in-training) across North America and beyond over the past fifteen years. For further information about expert witnesses, testimony related issues, and legal issues related to video evidence and forensic video analysis, see www.jonathanhak.com


Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C. is a barrister and solicitor, adjunct associate law professor, law lecturer, and PhD Candidate. He was a Crown Prosecutor with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service for over 30 years and has extensive experience leading and challenging expert evidence in the courtroom. Jonathan has been teaching law since 1989, teaching extensively in Canada, US, UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Since 2006, he has taught Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses to a broad array of experts across North America. He obtained his formal legal education in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom (Cambridge). He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he is focusing on the use of non-textual evidence in international criminal prosecutions.