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Expert Evidence Must Be “Sufficiently Reliable” To Be Used In Criminal Proceedings

Expert Evidence Must Be “Sufficiently Reliable” To Be Used In Criminal Proceedings

New criminal procedure rules came into effect in October 2014 which set out best practice for the use of expert evidence in criminal proceedings. Experts are used extensively in a large proportion of our cases and can often make the difference between a conviction and a successful outcome. Clients should beware of the new procedures, which plays a far greater emphasis on the courts than before in assessing the reliability of expert evidence and the credentials of those claiming to be experts.