P. Antoniuk, Ye. Svoboda, T. Mykhalchuk
The article analyzes the essence of a specialist’s conclusion as a result of the use of special knowledge in the pre-trial investigation of criminal offenses in order to determine his/her procedural consistency as a source of evidence in the investigation of criminal offenses. The results of the analysis substantiate the position regarding the inconsistency of the established procedure for obtaining and verifying the specialist’s conclusion as a source of evidence to the criteria that are presented with evidence in criminal proceedings. The authors conclude that it is advisable to perceive the expert’s conclusion as the only possible result of the use of special knowledge, which can act as a source of evidence in the investigation of both criminal offenses and crimes as well.
Key words: criminal proceedings, procedural sources of evidence, special knowledge, specialist, specialist’s conclusion, expert conclusion