Three working groups were formed to achieve the objectives set out in WP2:
- Define minimum criteria for a person to qualify as a “judicial expert”, in terms of competence,
specific knowledge on procedural rules and ethics;
- Define standards to be met by bodies in charge of keeping experts’ directories in each member State;
- Provide specification and business plan for the creation and operation of the European register of judicial experts.
- WG1 has to define common criteria for Judicial experts and to present them in a practical way.
The Group must respond to the questions: what is competency? What are the ethical criteria? What is Independence? Impartiality?
After having filled-in the questionnaires for the EU countries the group plans to evaluate the questionnaires for similarities and
differences. The aim of the next meetings is to come closer to its assigned goal, a universally valid definition of experts.
- WG2 is in charge to define standards to be met by bodies in charge of Expert directories:
who should be in charge and what is the role. It covers a lot of questions and a wide range of procedures.
Is the body defined at a regional or national level? Who is it composed of? And also, how are data updated, managed and protected?
- WG3 works on requirements for experts to be registered in a directory and to stay on the directory.
Which procedures are used for assessments? Which criteria for education, practical experience, insurance?
An oath to take? Which duration of registration? Limitation? Training?
Proposals of the working groups will be merged and be proposed to the Consensus Conference in Jun 2023 as a common set of criteria and requirements.
Extract by Martine Otter from Wolfgang Jacobs report with complementary information by Verena Wirwohl
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