Dentist as an Expert Witness under Section. 45 of Indian Evidence Act 1872


  • S.Rajkumari
  • R.Mensudar
  • B.Thayumanavan



dental law, forensic odontology, medico-legal case, person identification, crime investigation


Dentists of different specialties are sought for their expert testimony in person identification, injury related
to oral and dental structures. Person identification may include live or dead, injured or healthy, skeletonized,
or mummified. Dentists also opine in crime scene investigation, mass disaster victim identification, and
professional negligence or injury. The dental surgeon evaluates the available dental evidence and drafts a
report to testify in a deposition as a professional opinion in the medico-legal cases. This article discusses the
demeanor of the dental surgeon as an expert in the court of law.

Author Biographies


Research Scholar


Professor, Department of Conservative and Endodontics, Sree Balaji Dental College and
Hospital, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai


Dean, Professor and Head, Department
of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Sathyabama Dental College and Hospital, Chennai



How to Cite

S.Rajkumari, R.Mensudar, & B.Thayumanavan. (2021). Dentist as an Expert Witness under Section. 45 of Indian Evidence Act 1872. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 3964-3969.