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Fifteen years of the Civil Procedure Rules

Drs Hugh Koch, Tracy Thorns, Paul Elso and Faye Fraser examine how successful the changes to the role of expert witnesses have been since the introduction of the CPR

6 November 2014

Since the implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in 1999, 15 years have passed, allowing the courts, lawyers and experts to get to grips with the various changes and their implications. With the CPR, a number of principles intended to ensure access to justice which was "just, fair, appropriate and effective" were operationalised. In particular, part 35 - experts and assessors - addressed the responsibilities and actions of experts and how they could contribute to the above values.

In July 2014, the authors, in conjunction with the Expert Witness Institute, surveyed a small number of experienced experts to ascertain their views and experience of the CPR changes, with regard to experts (For more information, see Hugh Koch's article 'Getting the right balance? How to obtain or provide reliable expert evidence' in Solicitors Journal Expert Witness, February 2014). Nine questions were put to them. Twenty-one experts responded.

Expert opinion: the questions

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