Following the collapse of a case in Southwark Crown Court last week, lawyers have called for a wholesale review over the standard of expert witnesses.
The case, which involved allegations of fraudulent selling of carbon credits, collapsed after an expert witness for the prosecution, Andrew Ager, was revealed to have no academic qualifications and no knowledge of the legal duties of disclosure.
Partner David Corker was interviewed by The Times on the difficulties of finding reliable expert witnesses in criminal trials. He stated: “Prosecution experts are relatively easy targets to attack. They overstate their experience and expertise.”
Read the full article in The Times, behind a paywall, here.