The Land Surveyor as Expert Witness
Thomas Strong, P.L.S.
This course covers
the topic Testifying in court as an expert witness. It is important for the
Land Surveyor to understand the pitfalls associated with testifying in a court
This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is intended for Land Surveyors and other design professionals.
Benefit to Attendees
of this course the Land Surveyor will be better prepared to defend his surveys
in court. He may also avoid many pitfalls, which can occur while in the court
room. The Land Surveyor will also have a better understanding of the privileges
he is accorded by the court and the responsibility they carry.
Surveyor is being required to defend his Surveys in court or to represent a
client in a boundary dispute. He should be acquainted with the definition of,
and privileges accorded, an expert witness, as well as the means to improve
his work products for maximum effectiveness. Helpful hints on actual testimony
are also suggested.
link to the course content is as follows:
Land Surveyor as Expert Witness (PDF
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The Professional Land Surveyor is recognized in the judiciary system as an expert
in measurement and in boundaries. As such, he is permitted to express opinions
on matters not observed. The privileges he is accorded by the court carry large
responsibilities with them. The surveyor, if he is to retain the privileges
of an expert, must be qualified to render such testimony; he must produce complete,
professional products; he must state, in clear and unqualified language, the
precision and accuracies of his measurements; and he must testify with honesty,
fairness, and candor. The Professional Land Surveyor must be ever vigilant to
his primary responsibility in court: the truthfulness of his conclusions and
opinions, to the extent of his knowledge.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.