There are instances when it is necessary for the prosecution or defense to call upon a witness, who has sufficient credibility and experience, to provide a testimony in a court trial with regards to safety. Such a witness is referred to as a safety expert witness and is considered an authority in the field of safety that is relevant to the court trial.
A safety expert witness may be considered an authority depending on his or her education, experience, or training. He or she has specialized knowledge of the issue, whether it is equipment safety, sports safety, and any other field that involves safety. The court must recognize the safety expert witness as an authority in his or her specialized field before he or she can be called a safety expert witness. There is no objective standard to be met to become a safety expert witness. However, the witness is usually subject to an examination of his or her credentials pertaining to his or her education, training, experience, and whatever background he or she may have.
A safety expert witness is usually called to the witness stand in a court trial to prove or disprove a claim made by the prosecution’s or defense’s legal counsel. The legal counsel will make an effort to find a well-established safety expert witness who can provide relevant testimony with regards to the issue of safety. It is common for a safety expert witness to be compensated for the time he or she invested in the court case.