An independent witness is a third-party witness who does not have an affiliation with either parties involved in a case and someone who can present an unbiased opinion, as noted by Cornell University. Independent witnesses do not have anything invested in the outcome of a case, meaning the witness will not profit from the results of the case.
What is an independent witness? 16 June 2017. If we send you a document to sign and say that you need to have someone, who is independent, “witness” your signature, there’ll be space under the section for your signature for the witness to sign and insert their contact details.
If we send you a document to sign and say that you need to have someone, who is independent, “witness” your signature, there’ll be space under the section for your signature for the witness ...
Independent witness signing mortgage deed 3rd May 14 at 10:54 AM #1 ; Hi I am a first time buyer. I exchanged contracts last week and completion is Tuesday. I have received the mortgage deed in the post this morning to sign in front of an independent witness. As it's a bank holiday I'm unable to get in touch with the solicitor for advice.
A witness is "independent" if they have no vested interest in the outcome of the case, one way or another. E.g. someone who testifies about a fight between 2 people: is NOT independent if they know or are related to one of the fighters (there is a higher likelihood the testimony will be biased)
An independent witness means that the person seeing the situation does not know any of the parties involved. If there is a dispute over the facts of an accident or assault, independent witness evidence can be crucial to the parties and the court to help them to get to the bottom of what actually happened.
What makes a witness 'independent'?. A few days ago I had a 'coming together' of door mirrors whilst driving down a narrow country road. I'd blame the other driver as he was nowhere near the edge of his side of the road, but there's not much you can really do in this situation. Anyway, this got me thinking regarding the status of a passenger as a witness in traffic accident...
Basically, an independent witness would mean a witness who is not interested in the outcome or success of the case. Generally speaking, if a person is not closely related or associated with a party in a case, and does not have any interest in the success or failure of the case, then he may be termed as an independent witness.
In a case where there are disputed facts a party that has an independent witness usually holds a strong hand. However in Elson -v- Stilgoe  EWCA Civ 193 today the Court of Appeal upheld a decision where the trial judge preferred the evidence of the defendant. One of the factors involved was the manner in which the witness evidence was phrased.
The witness must verify that the signer of the legal document is not an imposter. The witness should be an adult of sound mind and not under the influence of any drugs. The ideal witness has known the signers of the document for a long time and does not have any financial interests in said agreement.