Friday, August 24, 2012

CJC publish guidance on experts in civil cases

The Civil Justice Council has recently published guidance for the instruction of experts to give evidence in civil claims. It's a revised version of what is currently an annex to Pratice Direction 35. There are a few small changes including at paragraph 3.10.4 that: "The joint statement should also include an express statement the experts have not been instructed to avoid reaching agreement (or otherwise defer from doing so) on any matter within the experts’ competence." Makes you wonder what sort of instructions experts have been receiving for that to need to be spelled out!

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