Experts In The Civil Courts

Hardcover | September 21, 2006

EditorExpert Witness Institute, Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC

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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 toprovide 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 problemsfaced 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 ofhaving 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 expertevidence, 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, andfor experts themselves.

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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 toprovide guidance to legal professionals and th...

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 ca...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.78 inPublished:September 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297940

ISBN - 13:9780199297948

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sir Anthony Clarke, Master of the RollsEditor's Prologue by Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC1. Louis Blom-Cooper and Penny Cooper: Historical Background2. Evelyn Ebsworth: Accreditation: A Novel Approach3. Suzanne Burn: Litigant Solicitor/Expert Relationship4. Nic Madge: Court Management5. Suzanne Burn and Brian Thompson: Single Joint Expert6. Paul McNeil: Experts' Reports7. Roger Clements: Questions and Discussions8. Louis Blom-Cooper: Assessors9. Suzanne Burn and Louis Blom-Cooper: Remedies against the Defaulting Expert10. Kay Linnell and Louis Blom-Cooper: Alternative Dispute Resolution11. Louis Blom-Cooper and Roger Clements: Duty to the Court12. Penny Cooper: Training13. Klim McPherson: One Expert's Experience14. Louis Blom-Cooper and Robin Jacob: ConclusionsAppendix 1: CPR Part 35: Experts and AssessorsAppendix 2: Part 35 Practice Direction: Experts and AssessorsAppendix 3: Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give evidence in civil claims

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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. Ourcongratulations again for the successful publication of this excellent book."'Maureen Ward-Gandy, Forensic Document and Handwriting expert