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Update to the Statement of Truth – From Ministry of Justice

Please be aware that as from 1st October 2009, the Statement of Truth for experts medico legal reports will change as follows:

ANNEX TO THE PRACTICE DIRECTION (PROTOCOL FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF EXPERTS TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN CIVIL CLAIMS) SUPPLEMENTING PART 35

 

13.5 Experts' reports must contain statements that they-

 

(i) understand their duty to the court and have complied and will continue to comply with it; and

(ii) are aware of the requirements of Part 35 and practice direction 35, this protocol and the practice direction on pre-action conduct.

 

Experts' reports must also be verified by a statement of truth. The form of the statement of truth is as follows-

 

"I confirm that I have made clear which facts and matters referred to in this report are within my own knowledge and which are not. Those that are within my own knowledge I confirm to be true. The opinions I have expressed represent my true and complete professional opinions on the matters to which they refer."