The Role of Expert Witnesses in Disciplinary Complaints

Over the last 13 years La Touche Training has worked with the majority of regulatory bodies in Ireland and continues to do so. We have gained vast experience and have built up an expertise in the provision of effective training for regulators, enhancing their skills and performance. 

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The Role of Expert Witnesses in Disciplinary Complaints


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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

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