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Do witness experts appointed in a small claims dispute need

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Do witness experts appointed in a small claims dispute need to be appointed by both the claimant and the defendant? Is it sufficient for a witness expert report to be submitted in a small claims case or do they need to be present at the hearing which again is very expensive.

No, you can instruct your own and likewise the defendant can instruct their own too. You need permission from the court to rely upon the expert report (at the allocation stage of proceedings you fill out a form to give details of your proposed expert and the court late confirms their agreement).

At a small claim it would be restricted to paper evidence (not oral evidence) - see rule 35.5(2) here:

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part35

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