A look into the future of expert evidence: Lord Justice Jackson’s Preliminary Report

    November 2009

    In May 2009, Lord Justice Jackson published his preliminary report into the costs of litigation in England and Wales. The aim of the preliminary report is to provide some food for thought and a basis for discussion in the consultation period. The final report is due in December 2009 and the recommendations will be finalised and implemented in 2010.

    Lord Justice Jackson acknowledges that his report cannot and will not be anything like on the scale of the reviews of the Civil Justice Council and the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, who are also undertaking similar review exercises, however, what Lord Justice Jackson has done is to focus on the cost of expert evidence and how that cost can be reduced without reducing the quality of the expert evidence.