Experts in the Family Justice System (EFJS)
This page contains information relating to experts working in the family justice system, with the aim of encouraging more health professionals to provide their expertise to the family court.
The final report of the Working Group on Medical Experts in the Family Courts (PDF) was published on Thursday 5 November 2020.
The Wales Experts Sub-Committee of the Family Justice Council, are holding their next CPD event remotely on Wednesday 19 July 2023 from 5-6pm. The event is suitable for any medical, health or legal professional who is currently or may wish to be involved in child cases before the Family Court.
The Speaker: Prof. Owen Arthurs, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
Title: ‘Becoming a court instructed expert – how to get started’
Date: 5-6pm on Wednesday 19 July 2023
Venue – MS Teams
All are welcome, but it may be of particular interest to NHS medics considering taking on the role of expert witness.
For further details of the event please contact: fjc@Justice.gov.uk
The EFJS London sub-committee are organising a one day event on “How to get started” as an expert witness.
It will be held in London at the RCJ on Friday 23 June at 9am, all welcome. You can register for the one day event on getting started as an expert witness on Eventbrite (external).
The Family Justice Council hosted a Webinar on Wednesday 16 November 2022 entitled ‘How hot IS the water? Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness’.
It was chaired by Mr Justice Nick Francis. The speakers Dr Mair and Dr Alison discussed their own personal journeys into expert witness work, reflecting on some of the changes and challenges that they have observed over the years.
Watch the livestream recording of the event: FJC Webinar: How hot IS the water Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness – YouTube
PowerPoint slides for the event ”How hot IS the water? Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness” (PowerPoint).
The Family Justice Council held its Experts Committee Symposium: The Long and Winding Road on 12 October 2022 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Watch the live stream presentations from Mr Justice Williams, the President and other conference speakers.
Due to the over-subscription of the previous webinar in March 2021, the Experts Sub-Committee of the Family Justice Council held a re-run of the previous event and invited anyone who missed out on the one held in May to attend.
Court Experience Scheme
The mini pupillage scheme for those considering becoming an expert has operated in the Family Division of the High Court for some time, this scheme has been expanded. Find out more about the scheme online (opens in a new tab).
18 March 2022
Mr Justice Williams introduces the newsletter, which will provide news on the activities of the FJC Committee.
First edition of the newsletter from the FJC Committee