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Experts in the Civil Courts [Hardcover]

Expert Witness Institute

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Book Description

Sept. 21 2006 0199297940 978-0199297948 1
Expert evidence in the civil justice system remains a controversial area, and one which continues to develop in the context of the changes in civil litigation brought about by the Woolf reforms. In June 2005 the Civil Justice Council's Protocol for the Instruction of Experts was launched to provide guidance to legal professionals and those acting as experts. The recent disciplinary case taken against Sir Roy Meadow by the General Medical Council relating to his expert evidence in a criminal trial - while not directly a civil matter - served to highlight a number of the key problems faced by experts in giving opinion evidence to courts. This new title is a comprehensive guide and reference book for all who are concerned with the quality of expert evidence in the courts. The text focuses on civil practice and looks in detail at the impact of the Civil Procedure Rules on expert evidence. It concentrates on the practical aspects of having experts give evidence, and looks at areas which have caused particular confusion, or on which case law is gradually emerging. Coverage will include the accreditation of experts, the litigant solicitor/expert witness relationship, experts' reports and privilege, court management of expert evidence, the single joint expert, and experts' immunity from liability. The book also includes an illustrative account of one expert's experience in a complex class action relating to a pharmaceutical product. In addition to practical guidance, the book also provides a historical background to expert testimony and discusses the future development of the law, with reference to developments in the courts and other tribunals. Written by a team of leading practitioners, many of whom were members of the Working Party on the Code of Guidance for Expert Evidence, the book is an authoritative first port-of-call for civil litigation practitioners who use experts or come across them regularly in their work, the judiciary, and for experts themselves.

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`"As I read this book, I quickly found relevant parts which verified dubious incidents I have experienced in court trial - the clear definitions therein confirmed that I had followed correct procedure. Please thank all those who gave their time to share their wisdom and give advice. Our congratulations again for the successful publication of this excellent book."' Maureen Ward-Gandy, Forensic Document and Handwriting expert

About the Author

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC (Editor) is a Bencher of the Middle Temple. He was a practising barrister from 1952 to 2004, and took silk in 1970. He was a judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey from 1989 to 1996, and sat as a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales from 1992 to 1996, hearing housing and judicial review cases. He is on the Editorial Committee of Public Law. Sir Louis was Chairman of the Expert Witness Institute from 1997 to 2004, Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission from 1987 to 1994, and has chaired over twelve Inquiries over the last decade, including the Jasmine Beckford and Ashworth Inquiries. He recently gave evidence on the nature of public inquiries to the High Court in R v Secretary of State for Health, ex p Wagstaff (the Dr Shipman Inquiry). He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as the first Independent Commissioner for Holding Centres from 1992 to 1999.

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