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Expert evidence before the courts.

Did you know that if you wish to use the evidence of an Expert in court proceedings relating to financial matters it is necessary to make an application for the court’s permission to put expert evidence before the court.  An application can be made orally. Previously the courts would allow expert evidence if it was thought that such evidence was reasonably required to resolve the proceedings, following changes to the law the evidence of an expert will only be allowed if in the opinion of the court it is necessary to assist the court in resolving the proceedings.   

The court must be presented with certain information about the expert so that it can make a decision about whether to allow the expert.  It is also important to make the application at the right time and in writing wherever possible.  Oral applications can be made but should be the exception rather than the rule.  The court must also be provided with a draft of the order sought.

This can be a bit of a minefield to navigate.  Clarkson Hirst Solicitors can help you prepare for court proceedings and advice when and how applications should be made.  Call today for assistance Kerry Davies, Director (Member of Family Law Association)  01524 39760 we have offices close to you at Kendal, Lancaster & Barrow in Furness.

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