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Experts and the Family Justice System: Widening the Pool

The Experts Sub-Committee held its inaugural event on 25 March 2021.

Hosted by Mr Justice Williams, the event was aimed at medical and allied health professions, family lawyers and judiciary.  It set out some of the recommendations from the final report of the President’s Working Group on Medical Experts (The President of the Family Division Working Group on Medical Experts in the Family Courts – Final Report | Courts and Tribunals Judiciary) and focused on encouraging medical and allied health experts to offer their services to the family justice system.  The event explored the role of the expert witness, the court process, report-writing and what to expect when giving evidence.  It also promoted the eight Regional Experts Committees, being set up to help address the shortage of expert witnesses in the family court and to implement, at regional level, the recommendations for training and interdisciplinary collaboration.

 

A video recording of the event and speakers’ presentation slides can be found attached.