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EXPERTS: Manchester ‘hot-tubbing’ pilot: evidence so far

23 March 2012  

Professor Dame Hazel Genn reports on the Manchester Concurrent Evidence Pilot

The Jackson Report on costs in civil litigation raised concerns about the length and cost of experts’ reports. The Woolf Report back in 1996 also raised concerns about the objectivity of experts’ reports. In thinking about whether there were other ways to deal with expert evidence, Sir Rupert Jackson’s final report referred to the apparent success achieved in Australian courts using the technique of concurrent evidence (colloquially referred to as ‘hot-tubbing’). In the hope that something similar could be done in English courts, Sir Rupert recommended that a pilot scheme should be set up to assess the technique.