This just in: new standards to raise the quality of expert evidence became law today.

The new standards follow the laws implemented in April of this year which were designed to speed up court process by engaging professional opinion only when a judge considers it necessary to resolve a case justly. We think that sounds silly and ironic, but what do we know.

GOV.UK’s website tells us:

The standards include making sure that the expert:

  • has knowledge appropriate to the court case
  • has been active in the area of work or practice and has sufficient experience of the issues relevant to the case
  • is either regulated or accredited to a registered body where this is appropriate
  • has relevant qualifications and has received appropriate training
  • complies with safeguarding requirements

You can catch the consultation documents here: