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Ensuring the reliability of expert witnesses in criminal cases

Ensuring the reliability of expert witnesses in criminal cases
Published on: 15 July 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Ensuring the reliability of expert witnesses in criminal cases
  • What was the background to the carbon credit and diamond sales hearing and why was it abandoned?
  • What guidance is there for practitioners in relation to expert witnesses? What else should practitioners be aware of? How can prosecutors and defence lawyers ensure the credibility of an expert witness?
  • Recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490 and Criminal Practice Directions have placed more responsibility on the expert and on those instructing them to consider the issue of credibility of the expert. How effective are these rules and what else could be done?
  • When a case is abandoned because of expert evidence failings, what impact does that have for those who were convicted in other trials involving those experts? Can those convictions be appealed? How successful are appeals based on discredited expert evidence?

Article summary

Corporate Crime analysis: Narita Bahra QC, barrister at 2 Hare Court, and Nick James, barrister at Furnival Chambers, comment on the credibility of expert witnesses in criminal trials following the recent collapse of the carbon credit and diamond sales hearing. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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