Judges trust experts

In the witness reports text and numbers have dominant importance. Senses are usually distrusted (except for the smell of a dog for instance). Anything without human interference will be trusted more.

Technological proof is trusted provided an expert interprets it, because systems are unknown to the court. Such experts are sworn into the court for a longer period of time. The choice of experts is based on their position in a network of relations, which determines their reputation of quality and independence. As a judge one trusts the experts.

Being at a certain time at a certain place creates among other things the ‘being-witness’. In court it are the actions that are judged. Relations of the witness create and show intentions. Relations can disqualify the witness while they give value to the expert. The position of the expert in a professional network gives value to his/hers expertise as well as that the longer timeframe of the relation of the expert with the court enhances the trust that is granted to the expert.