Legal Aid

The Use of Experts: Quality, Price and Procedures in Publicly Funded Cases

PUBLISHED November 26, 2004

On Friday 26 November 2004 the Commission published a consultation paper that sets out a number of proposals to secure best value for money and assure the quality of expert witnesses paid for by the Commission.
The paper sets out a number of proposals regarding the use of Commission funded expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases. These proposals can be grouped under three main headings:

  • Guideline fees
  • Proposals for accreditation to ensure the quality of expertise provided
  • Standard terms of instruction

You are invited to download the consultation paper from the Related Documents section of this page. Consultation closed on 25 February 2005. If you have any questions, please e-mail