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Academy of Experts issues guidance for expert witnesses on giving evidence remotely

The Academy of Experts has issued guidance for expert witnesses on giving evidence remotely, with the document approved by its judicial committee.

The Academy said: “Many expert witnesses will already have had experience of giving remote evidence via a video-link where they are the only person who is not in the hearing room (a remote hearing).

“Few will, so far, have had experience of doing so in circumstances where some or all of the other participants are also communicating via video conferencing software (a virtual hearing).

“There are, as a result of Coronavirus restrictions, bound to be many more remote and virtual hearings as courts, tribunals and other forms of dispute resolution adapt to appropriate new ways of working.”

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The guidance can be viewed here.

In 1989 the Lord Chancellor approved the formation of the Judicial Committee of The Academy of Experts consisting of seven senior Judges representing the English, Scottish and Northern Irish Benches.

Its current members include Lord Reed, Sir Rupert Jackson, Lord Justice Dingemans, Mrs Justice O’Farrell and Mr Justice Williams.

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