Expert Wittnesses Group

The use and reliability of expert evidence varies in various member states.  In the Maastricht and Edinburgh conferences, the ECBA explored cases where the use and abuse of expert evidence had lead to miscarriages of justice.

The ECBA has also been involved in a EU funded project which examined procedures for gathering, handling, analysing, interpreting and presenting expert evidence and the procedural safeguards which are necessary to ensure its reliability. 

This project provides practical information including a comparative matrix setting out the rules in all the Member states.

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The Law Society has published it's final report on 'Safeguarding Expert Evidence in the European Union'.  The ECBA was a key partner in the development and presentation of this project.

This EU-funded project examines procedures for gathering, handling, analysing, interpreting and presenting expert evidence and the procedural safeguards which are necessary to ensure its reliability. The project was designed in the context of judicial co-operation in criminal matters and mutual recognition in the European Union, and with regard to future developments in relation to the European Evidence Warrant and mutual legal assistance.

"Safeguarding the use of Expert Evidence - AGIS Conference 23 September.The conference is part of an AGIS project headed by the Law Society of England and Wales with partners from Slovenia, Finland, Italy, and Denmark.
The ECBA has assisted throughout the project providing an EU perspective on issues of expert evidence in criminal cases.  Below are the papers from the conference held on 23 September 2008.  The project has collated information from all the EU Member States about the use of expert evidence in criminal cases, and this information will be available on the ECBA website on completion of the project."

These documents are available as pdf documents.