A publicly appointed and sworn-in expert is appointed and sworn-in on a legal basis by a German public body. In addition to the required knowledge and expertise, the expert’s education, his long-standing professional experience, as well as his personal integrity are examined. Accordingly, the expert must prove his special expertise to a board of examiners to become publicly appointed.
The public appointment and swearing-in certifies that the expert is particularly qualified in a specific field of expertise, such as the valuation of real estate. This includes the assessment of land and buildings, as well as related rights and encumbrances.
After having passed the exam, the publicly appointed and sworn-in expert is under constant supervision of state commissioned appointing bodies, such as the Chambers of Industry and Commerce. Valuations of a publicly appointed and sworn-in expert thus enjoy a particularly high level of credibility.
The purpose of the public appointment is to provide courts, public authorities and the general public with highly knowledgeable and personally qualified experts whose statements are particularly credible. The German codes of procedure therefore require that local courts primarily appoint publicly appointed and sworn-in experts.
By commissioning a publicly appointed and sworn-in expert, clients thus receive additional security for their decisions.