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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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expert opinion   expert witness   legal discourse   institutional discourse


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


This paper approaches the position of expert witnesses and written expert opinions from a comparative perspective by considering such aspects as: qualifications required to become an expert witness, the way in which experts are appointed, the role and importance of expert opinion in court proceedings. The paper discusses the impact of legal provisions on the way(s) in which the opinions are expressed, especially the extent to which law imposes a fixed organizational format. It turns out that some fundamental differences between the position of expert opinions and their opinions result from the radically different legal systems and cultures. While the Russian legal system appears to codify nearly each aspect of the expert witness work and their opinion, experts in Anglo-American systems have much more leeway in shaping the conventions of the genre, as long as they take account of the general standards contained in the relevant legislation and case law.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław