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Expert reports in criminal law matters

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Introduction

Aid may be available for an expert report in a criminal law matter when:

  • The report is likely to substantiate a defence to the charges (eg insanity), or
  • The report directly relates to the proposed plea and it is likely to result in a significant reduction in the sentence that might otherwise be expected, and
  • The material cannot be presented to the court without obtaining the report.

When a practitioner is seeking funding for an expert report they must have:

  • A clear indication of the client’s medical and personal history and evidence which supports the view that a report will confirm the existence of an identifiable condition.