Family Justice Council (FJC) guidance

The primary role of the FJC is to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice and to monitor the system.

Paediatricians as expert witnesses in the family courts in England and Wales: Standards, competencies and expectations

The joint FJC and Ministry of Justice Standards for Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales forms the basis of an agreed minimum standard for all stakeholders to be guided by, and to adhere to, whenever instructing or being instructed as expert witnesses in family proceedings.

This guidance is a companion document to the generic expert witness standards set out in Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (FPR). The guidance provides information to all stakeholders regarding the use of paediatricians as expert witnesses and directs the reader to discipline specific information relating to regulation, codes of conduct, competencies, supervision and quality of service.

The guidance was written by a joint RCPCH and FJC working group and was published in August 2018.