‘Unacceptable’ litigation culture on expert evidence needs to change, judges warn (via Irish Times)

New law and rules may be needed to combat the ‘hired gun’ syndrome, says Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal (COA) has warned expert witnesses and lawyers there needs to be a “significant change” in an “unacceptable” litigation culture concerning the use of expert evidence.

The three-judge COA voiced particular concern that it is “commonplace” for experts to see themselves as advocates for the party who retains them and about the “excessive and expensive” use of expert evidence potentially benefitting wealthier litigants at the expense of the less well-off.

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