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Forensic accountants soon to dip a toe in the evidential ‘hot tub’

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Experts have given a broad ‘thumbs up’ to evidential ‘hot tubbing’ in Court in experiments that could soon be introduced in trials involving forensic accountants.

The new practice, where experts give evidence in the witness box together, is claimed to save costs and allow disagreements between experts to be understood and resolved by the court more quickly, directly and efficiently.

According to expert chartered surveyor, John Seed, the experience showed how much greater control the judge could take over the hearing and, for him, resulted in a better opportunity to express his views more clearly.

Plans to extend the use of ‘hot tubbing’ at Trial await a decision by the UK Justice Ministry after reviewing a report on the three-trial pilot.


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