Expertise Expert research
Through independent research we provide you with insights in the facts on software, for example in the area of quality, maintainability or copyright.
Types of expert research
A distinction is made between types of expert research and reporting based on the client:
- A certified legal expert investigation is an investigation commissioned by the judge. These examinations may only be carried out by an expert who has been trained for this and admitted to the Landelijk Register voor Gerechtelijk Experts (LRGD).
- A party expert investigation is carried out on behalf of one party. This may in principle be any expert, but it is advisable to seek an expert with experience, for example via SGOA or NVBI.
In both cases, an investigation must be conducted thoroughly, objectively and accurately. In the case of a legal expert’s report, the Dutch official guideline must be followed and it is important that, for example, the right to hear and be heard is used.
An expert report can be used at any stage of a dispute. The approach is different for each phase, because the research questions are attuned to the legal questions that still exist at that moment.
Finding an expert
It is wise to choose an expert who not only understands IT, but also the legal context. This is necessary to ensure that the right, legally relevant, questions are answered. Dr. Sieuwert van Otterloo of ICT Institute is a recognized expert and affiliated with NVBI, SGOA and LRGD. He is the best expert for questions about software development, software quality, copyright questions about source code and IT projects. A complete overview of all Dutch legal experts for IT can be found here. If you have not yet obtained legal advice, it may be wise to first look for a lawyer who understands IT. Here is an overview of Dutch IT lawyers.