Why do we have publicly appointed official experts?
... to give specialist advice in the private domain, with the principal aim of avoiding disputes arising from lack of knowledge or to arbitrate in any disputes that are already ongoing ... to prove justified complaints backed by specialist knowledge ... to help judges in legal disputes to reach a correct verdict with regard to specialist and technical viewpoints.
In this way the publicly appointed official expert assumes a task that is indispensable in today’s legal and economic world. He assumes social responsibility and a position of trust.
What does “Expert” mean?
Expert or “Independent expert”
This term is not legally protected, these are self-named experts - e.g. referee for photovoltaic systems by TÜV PersCert where no training in accordance with ISO 17024 is conducted.
The swearing-in is carried out by a single court, and applies only to this court. The general swearing should avoid repeated oaths for every single case. Outside of the specified range of the court the "authorised expert" is compared to a "indipendent expert".
These experts assume public authority tasks. These tasks are mostly transferred by the respective state and Land authorities according to certain quality criteria (e.g. TÜV)
Publicly appointed official expert
Misuse of this title can be prosecuted. Public appointment guarantees that this expert is a specialist with above-average knowledge in his field, has been appointed according to a selection process by the public body that has commissioned him and is sworn to absolute neutrality and objectivity.
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