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Civil news: revised expert witness guidance available
  • Sep 23, 2020
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The Government have made changes to the guidance on applying for prior authority for an expert in family cases.

A number of changes have been made to our guidance on applying for prior authority for an expert witness in family cases.

Prior authority is needed when instructing an expert who charges higher rates than the codified rates set out in our regulations.

We have worked closely with representative bodies on these changes which aim to:
• improve operational processes
• give greater certainty to providers
• reduce the number of prior authority applications

What are the changes?
• setting out recommended additional hours where there are additional parties to be assessed by an expert for a psychological or psychiatric assessment
• all parties covered by a prior authority granted to the lead solicitor
• inclusion of cases of physical and domestic abuse in the risk assessment provisions
• setting out that where a court order lists all the documents required to be translated documents there is no need to apply for prior authority

Further information
Expert witnesses in legal aid cases – to view revised guidance