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Expert Witnesses in Disciplinary Complaints

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Disciplinary Complaints

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Expert witnesses play a crucial role in disciplinary complaints. Learn how their expertise and testimony can impact the outcome of these cases.

Course Syllabus

This Role of Experts in Disciplinary Complaints training programme for Professional Regulators covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the statutory role of regulators and their governing legislation,
  • What acting in the public interest means,
  • The complaints process and stages under various governing legislation,
  • The statutory grounds of complaint,
  • The definition of professional misconduct and poor professional performance,
  • The implication of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Corbally v Medical Council 2015,
  • Understanding what serious means in the context of complaints,
  • The definition, role and duties of expert witnesses,
  • The role of screening committees in the investigation of complaints,
  • Understanding what is required of experts at the screening stage of the complaints process,
  • The role of expert witnesses at the inquiry stage of the complaints process,
  • Understanding the expert’s brief,
  • What is required of the expert’s report?
  • Who is entitled to see the expert’s report and what are they entitled to see?
  • Experts giving evidence at an inquiry – what is required of them?
  • The expert’s preparation for an inquiry,
  • Expert’s testimony – do’s and don’ts.
John Garrett

Chartered Engineer, FIEI, John T. Garrett & Associates

The Expert Witness Conference succeeded in presenting a unique knowledge sharing event.

Stakeholders aired views that will create a greater understanding of the role and duties of the expert witness. This will help raise standards to ensure that high quality, truthful, independent and impartial expert evidence is provided to the courts.

Paul Lyons

Interim Registrar, Dental Council of Ireland

The Dental Council has availed of the expertise within La Touche Training for a number of years,

We have grown to rely upon on them to help prepare our staff and Council/board members to undertake a range of key regulatory functions including Fitness to Practise. The feedback from our attendees on the value and thoroughness of the training provided has always been exceptional and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending La Touche Training as a training partner.

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Your Trainer – Caroline Conroy

Solicitor and Training Consultant

Caroline is the founder of the leading Irish company, La Touche Training, which she established in Ireland in 1995. She ran the first ever specialised training programme for expert witnesses in...

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Discover the important role that expert witnesses play in disciplinary complaints and how their testimony can shape the outcome of these proceedings.