VCAT/ Expert Witness - SPI Property Inspections

VCAT/ Expert Witness

In situations where building disputes cannot be resolved, one of the parties may seek recourse through legal means, such as the VCAT Tribunal. In such cases, an expert opinion relevant to the issues may be required to support the application. There are two ways expert evidence is presented to VCAT, which includes;

  1. providing Expert Evidence in the form of a written report and/or
  2. providing an Expert Witness

 

Written Report

Expert evidence may be relied upon by the VCAT Tribunal to form an opinion about specific issues relating to the case. It may be presented in the form of a written report that is recommended by the Tribunal. SPI Property Inspections can prepare a detailed VCAT compliant legal document, outlining the defect/s in dispute, stating the facts and including an expert opinion about the matter.

Expert Witness

In the event that an expert witness is required to attend your VCAT hearing, our inspectors have the specialised knowledge, qualifications and experience to present evidence to the Tribunal. An expert witness cannot act as an ‘advocate’ for one of the parties as such. The expert witness has a duty to VCAT to provide fair and unbiased evidence. Their knowledge, training and experience can be invaluable in supporting an argument

Seek the support and reassurance of an expert opinion at VCAT. Contact us today for a free online quote or phone us directly on 1300 721 032.

From 1 May 2018, we created a new division of our business for residential inspections.  VCAT reports for residential properties will now be completed by The Home Inspection Hub.  We look forward to providing the same level of knowledge, experience and service, our clients have come to know from the team at SPI Property Inspections.

Further references/resources

VCAT: Disputes relating to building and construction
VBA:   Disputes and resolutions
Consumer Affairs Victoria: Building disputes