Calls to punish misleading expert witnesses

Medical witnesses who give dubious expert evidence during court testimony should face disciplinary action, a medicolegal expert says.

Bill Madden (pictured), special counsel at legal firm Carroll & O’Dea, pointed to a 2007 case in which a WA doctor, who remains AHPRA-registered, gave oral evidence in court that HIV as a virus did not exist.

The judge in the much-publicised case - which centered on accusations a man was endangering life by deliberately infecting women with HIV - dismissed the doctor’s evidence as of “minimal probative value