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Final version of the European Guide for Legal Expertise published.

Posted on 11/01/2016 · Posted in Expert Information, Expert Witness
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After considerable work the final version of the European Guide for Legal Expertise (‘EGLE’) has been published.

The project has been handled under the auspice of the European Expertise and Expert Institute (‘EEEI’) and funded by the European Commissioner’s DG Justice. It was intended to provide basis for experts working on Cross Border and complex litigation where specialist knowledge is required.

For overall project description please see the report on page Click here.

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In the final quarter of 2015 the report was published giving the considered outcome of the working group and the jury for consideration for implementation.

The Guide has been based on the cooperation and comparative experience of a panel of 60 contributors from 12 EU countries who came together in working groups, meeting over 25 times in the past year. Their discussions and recommendations were put to the test during a public plenary conference that took place in May 2015 in Rome and was attended by 160 people from 22 countries – Judges, lawyers, experts, and academics, representatives from Supreme Courts and European institutions.

Based on these recommendations and in light of the questions raised during the conference, a Jury of 9 key law figures from 8 different countries has drawn up the final European Guide for Legal Expertise.

The Guide contains best practice recommendations on Expert proceedings, on certification, on ethics and status, and on the creation of a European list of Experts. Part of these recommendations can already be applied by Experts, in particular: the declaration of independence at the beginning of each expert evaluation, the purchase of insurance, the practice of drafting a pre-report, and the writing of a structured report.

The Guide will serve to enhance cooperation between justice systems, providing framework recommendations that can be adapted by each State and each justice system, ensuring quality and usable practices in judicial expertise.

We trust that you will find the Guide of use.

To send the guide to your European contacts you can use the text of the Brief presentation of the Guide available in:

Full version of the guide can be downloaded in English, French or Spanish – please click on appropriate version.

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