From Monday 3rd April 2017 there will be changes to the wording of the Expert's Declaration for Criminal cases in England and Wales, reflecting the 4th Amendment of the Criminal Procedure Rules.
The amendment can be found within the Criminal Practice Direction Part V: Evidence 19B: Statements of Understanding and Declarations of Truth in Expert Reports.
The previous version of paragraph 13 of the declaration read:
“13. I confirm that I have acted in accordance with the Code of Practice for Experts.”
The new wording of paragraph 13 of the declaration is:
“13. I confirm that I have acted in accordance with the code of practice or conduct for experts of my discipline, namely [identify the code]”
This amendment makes it clear that the code of practice or conduct to be followed by an expert when signing a declaration on a report that is made available for the court, should be the code of practice or conduct relevant to that individual expert’s profession. For full details of the forensic science providers code of conduct 2016 latest version click here.
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