In order to save the Court time and to clarify medical issues at hand, experts come together to compile a report otherwise known as a “joint minute”. These reports consist of the issues agreed between the experts, resulting in a speedier resolution of the matter.
The two experts that compile the report will be of equal standing. In other words, a psychologists will compile a joint minutes with another psychologist, an orthopaedic surgeon will compile a joint minute with another orthopaedic surgeon etc. The reason for this lies in the fact that an expert who states a particular opinion, must be able to be challenged by an expert with the same knowledge and skill, as they are both adequately trained and experienced in that specific field.
Should the medical practitioners not be of equal footing, the issues cannot be narrowed, which defeats the purpose of a joint minute. This would introduce another level of complexity. Thus, it is recommended that Joint Minutes be undertaken by healthcare professionals who are registered in the same professional category at the HPCSA.