Experts and Woolf: Have Things Got Better?

Robin Jacob

in The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702228 | DOI:
Experts and Woolf: Have Things Got Better?

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Expert evidence forms a key part of the resolution of many legal disputes, both civil and criminal. This chapter examines possible reasons for why the quality of expert evidence has improved since the Woolf Reforms, how much is the improvement due to CPR Pt 35, and how it is due to expert witness associations such as the Expert Witness Institute and the Academy of Experts, and the approach of judges to expert witnesses and their evidence. It also examines the single joint expert system and the extent of its success, particularly for small claims, as well as the limited use that the courts have made of assessors outside Admiralty proceedings.

Keywords: expert evidence; Woolf Reforms; CPR Pt 35; expert witness; Expert Witness Institute; Academy of Experts; joint expert system

Chapter.  2094 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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