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Expert witnesses in family cases

A useful guide to the different types of expert witnesses which could be involved in family law cases has been published by the Law Society of England, in connection with new rules on the use of expert witnesses. 

While the new rules don't apply in Scotland, the notes in this guide provide a helpful indication of what issues different professionals can cover and likely questions that can be asked of them.

The guide outlines the specialisms of various types of expert including clinical, forensic and child psychologists, child and adult psychiatrists and independent social workers.

Expert witnesses are only likely to be called for in a small number of cases, but if this is being considered it is very important to identify the most appropriate specialist and also carefully consider what questions are asked.