Dispute Resolution: An abuse of privilege?
Expert witnesses have enjoyed the privilege of immunity throughout their history, but in the wake of several high profile failures in the use of expert evidence, is it time for a change? Barbara Hewson reports
The ongoing investigation into criminal and family cases in which Professor Roy Meadows gave expert evidence has raised a multitude of questions about the use of experts. Meadows coined the term Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy to describe a form of factitious illness syndrome, where parents (usually mothers) repeat-edly present their children for medical attention with either feigned or fabricated symptoms. For years, Meadows was the leading authority on this bizarre phenomenon.
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