An objective and impartial report addressed to the court with an upfront abstract and the following outline structure would be produced:
An understanding of my (an Expert’s) Duty to the Court
My report would comply with CPR part 35, PD 35 and the Civil Justice Council Guidance
Statement of Truth (CPR update 50):
I understand that my overriding duty is to the court and I have complied with that duty. I am aware of the requirements of CPR Part 35, its practice direction and the Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give Evidence in Civil Claims.
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.’
Details of My Qualifications held proportionate to expertise required
Statement of Substance will lay out the Instruction as given by the Instructing Party.
Details of any Tests carried out where and by whom
I look to always separate out Facts and Opinion
Where Material Facts are disputed I will give separate hypotheses and a preference
I will be transparent about the sources of information I will have relied upon giving a range of professional opinion where applicable.
Own opinion explanation (if applicable) where no published opinion can be found
Summary of Conclusions
A Medical Report Template may be used provided by the Ministry of Justice.