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Manchester Concurrent Evidence Pilot Interim Report

|Reports and Reviews|Civil

27 January 2012

Lord Justice Jackson’s Interim and Final Reports raised concerns about the length of experts’ reports and associated costs of expert evidence in civil litigation. There have also been concerns raised elsewhere about the objectivity of experts’ reports. In considering the potential for reducing costs associated with expert evidence, Lord Justice Jackson’s Final Report acknowledged that while a single solution would not be appropriate for all cases, alternative techniques for dealing with expert evidence could be tried for particular types of case. The Final Report referred to the success that had been achieved in Australian courts using the technique of concurrent evidence (colloquially referred to as “hot-tubbing”) and recommended that a pilot scheme should be set up to assess the extent to which the technique could be used successfully in English courts