Judges draft model CV to help courts assess experts

Saville: international standard hope

Saville: international standard hope

The Academy of Experts has launched a model form CV to help courts decide whether an expert witness truly is an expert.

Its judicial committee, chaired by Lord Saville and whose members included Lord Justice Jackson, has produced the CV, which will sit alongside the academy’s model form of expert report.

The academy said that with oral evidence being given less and less, a CV is the only way that the court is able to ascertain the appropriateness of an expert.

“Up until now the contents of experts’ CVs have been varied and sometimes more of a marketing device than something appropriate or useful to the court,” it said. “The judicial committee… prepared the model CV in response to an increasing number of concerns raised by senior judges about the quality and content of CVs in the reports they were seeing. CVs are often too long and do not contain information that would assist the courts.”

Lord Saville, who is also the academy’s president, said: “In developing the model form of expert witness CV, the judicial committee wanted to provide a template. This would ensure that experts, irrespective of their discipline, set out their qualifications and experience relevant to matters on which they are expressing their opinion in a clear and simple format.

“In the same way that the model report format has been widely adopted around the world we believe that the model CV could be a new international standard adopted and used by all experts.”

The other members of the committee that drafted the model CV included Lord Reed, Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Bean, along with senior judges from Hong Kong, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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