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New family experts’ standard should include core skills

All witnesses appearing as 'experts' in family proceedings should meet minimum professional requirements, says Mark Solon

25 July 2013

Experts in the new environment in the family courts must not only be necessary but seen to be necessary, not only be qualified but seen to be qualified in the skills of being an expert witness. They must also work for less under legal aid limits, but more quickly. It's not surprising that many experts, aware of potential liability in contract and negligence since Jones v Kaney, are jumpy.

The Ministry of Justice's consultation on Standards for Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales is set to introduce new minimum standards. A few days before the consultation closed on 18 July, Lord Justice Ryder said that the test to determine if experts were "necessary" was key. If they don't get through the gateway, they will not be allowed to give evidence. (The results of the consultation will be published at the Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference on Friday 8 November.)

Speaking at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum on family reform on ...

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