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Disciplinary hearing rejects allegations against author of report on expert witnesses in Family Courts.

The Health and Care Professions Council disciplinary panel dismisses all allegations.

The Law Society Gazette reports that the Health and Care Professions Council has dismissed allegations made against Professor Jane Ireland who has been Professor of Forensic Psychology since 2006.

The allegations focused on a February 2012 report 'Evaluating Expert Witness Psychological Reports: Exploring Quality' by Professor Ireland and colleagues at the University  of Central Lancaster.  The report was part funded by the Family Justice Council.

One of the allegations heard by the panel was that some claims in the conclusions to the report could not be "substantiated by the data and methodological analysis presented."

In respect of all but one of the allegations the panel found that there was no case to answer and in respect of the one remaining allegation the panel dismissed it following hearing evidence from Professor Ireland.

Results of the report which was the first systematic quality evaluation of expert evidence of this nature, indicated variability in the quality of expert witness psychological reports and made a number of recommendations for improving the quality of such reports.

For the Law Society Gazette's coverage click here (For a summary of the principal findings of the report click here)