Although the Expert Witness Certificate will not be a compulsory qualification, Mark Solon, co-founder of Bond Solon, said it will help lawyers to ensure that the witness is of a certain standard.
“Judges have criticised experts before and have awarded costs [if the evidence was unsatisfactory]. It can be embarrassing for the lawyer if the expert is not up to scratch,” he said.
“The certificate does not guarantee that the person will be a good expert but it will reduce the risk for the client and the lawyer,” he added.
The course will be formally launched by the end of this year.