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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at criminal practitioners. It addresses the use of experts and expert evidence in the criminal trial process. It will examine who an expert is and what areas of knowledge might be regarded as requiring an expert. This podcast will also explore the statutory and common law tests applying to admissibility of expert evidence and how the law might be reformed in the future.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know who an expert is;
  • Know why experts are necessary in criminal trial;
  • Understand the areas in which an expert might be required;
  • Be aware of the statutory and common law tests for the admissibility of expert evidence;
  • Understand some of the difficulties that arise where there is an overreliance on expert message;
  • Know the limits on the usefulness of an expert’s evidence;
  • Be aware of the reform proposals currently being discussed by the Law Commission on the use of expert evidence.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Expert Evidence in Criminal Proceedings in England and Wales (Law Com No 325);
  • Dallagher [2002] EWCA Crim 1903;
  • Cannings [2004] EWCA Crim 1;
  • Bonython [1984] 38 SASR 45;
  • Turner [1975] QB 834;
  • Criminal Procedure Rules 2010 r. 33;
  • Criminal Justice Act 1988 s 30;
  • Reed, Reed & Garmson [2009] EWCA Crim 2698.

In this interesting podcast, criminal barrister Felicity Gerry draws on her many years of experience in serious criminal cases to discuss the role of experts in criminal trials. Who is an expert, what makes their evidence admissible? Is overreliance on expert evidence dangerous and where might the law on admissibility go next?

Podcast added: 01/09/11

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