Forensic Science Regulator – legal obligations on experts
FSR guidance on the legal obligations that fall upon
expert witnesses in the criminal justice system
The Forensic Science Regulator publishes an information document on the legal obligations that fall upon expert witnesses in the criminal justice system. Now in its second version, it is a very helpful piece of work that brings together a mass of information that will often be of value to the busy expert witness.
The work is split into sections such as key judicial guidance, the role of the expert witness, duties of disclosure and preservation, admissibility, mandatory elements to an expert’s written evidence, the coroner’s court system, some guidance on particular types of evidence (e.g. DNA, ear prints, fingerprints, etc.) and secondary sources of guidance on professional obligations.
The guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/legal-obligations-issue-2 and it is highly recommended.