Expert Witnesses: A matter of opinion
The need to regulate expert witnesses has been the subject of debate for a number of years, but even experts themselves are split as to the best way of doing this. Gillian Davies looks at the alternatives
Accreditation and registration have been hot topics for expert witnesses for some time. The Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) has been working towards the accreditation of forensic practitioners and some have called for its remit to be enlarged. In its report, The Use of Experts: Quality Price and Procedures in Publicly Funded Cases, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) recognises the work of the CRFP and suggests that professional bodies should be working with the CRFP to increase the numbers and types of experts who are registered.
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