Expert Witness

A major part of my work these days involves being an expert witness at court trials. Expert witnesses are highly prized in court for their ability to explain the truth about various technical matters in a way that an untrained jury can understand. Or at least they should do that. Expert witnesses are normally completely immune from prosecution. In the UK there has only ever been one successful case taken against an expert witness which went to the supreme court there. In Ireland there hasn’t been any.

I usually give evidence in criminal prosecutions and normally on the side of the DPP (State). It actually doesn’t matter to me which side I am on since the truth will always work on the side of the innocent and against the guilty. Jesus explains this very well in John 3: 19 – 21:

“19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

On a number of occasions recently I have said to the prosecuting barristers the following: “Surely if the defendant is innocent he would be delighted with this evidence since he would point to it and say: “See I told you, this evidence backs my story up.” But if he is guilty then he would try and discredit the evidence and say “it is not good evidence”. ”

I’ve observed exactly that happen on a number of occasions recently. Once the defending barrister took so long cross examining me that I had the opportunity to say something similar in the witness stand. Several members of the jury looked at me and nodded their heads or smiled. I suppose it was no surprise then that the defendant was convicted.

Something very similar happens when I share the Gospel. Very often people will try and say that that is not good evidence when it is presented, despite the obvious truth of it. The Bible would stand up in court as expert witness material any day. As Jesus says: “the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48).

More evidence that demands a verdict can be found at Even if the Bible itself was not evidence enough for Jesus being the Son of God the astronomical evidence about the Star of Bethlehem alone would be enough to prove it in court. And what about any detailed study of creation? See for example.

But as I said to one of the engineers at work recently who, of all people, depend on the truth about creation to do their work (it won’t work unless they are aware of how God has made things whether they acknowledge Him or not): “Even with this evidence people still will not believe.”

But what will they do in the end?