- CJC reports on concurrent expert evidence since implementation of Jackson reforms
- Practical implications
Dispute Resolution analysis: The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has published its ‘legal and empirical study’ on concurrent expert evidence and ‘hot-tubbing’ in English litigation since the ‘Jackson reforms’. This follows the setting up of a CJC working group to review discrete civil litigation topics including funding and experts. In considering how concurrent expert evidence has been operating since April 2013, the CJC considered the extent to which the objectives identified by Sir Rupert Jackson are perceived as having been achieved and made a number of suggestions, including proposed amendments to CPR PD 35.11, a proposed guidance note for judges and practitioners, a proposed information note for expert witnesses, uniformity in the court guides and further training of the judiciary by means of a DVD. This report is of particular interest to practitioners not only in relation to the future of concurrent expert evidence (including but not limited to hot-tubbing) in England and Wales but also for the practical tips it offers those considering the use of and/or engaged in giving expert evidence concurrently.
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