Practical guide to judicial expertise

by Jacques Lauvin

Following the contacts that have existed for a long time between the EFB (School of Professional Training of the Bars of the Court of Appeal of Paris) and the EEEI (European Institute of Expertise and the Expert), and within the framework of the training actions organized and set up by the Institute, it was decided to write a PRACTICAL GUIDE TO JUSTICE EXPERTISE for the collection “the lawyer’s library” (Editions LGDJ)
The EEEI entrusted the production of this guide to Jacques LAUVIN (expert approved by the Court of Cassation, Honorary President of the Company of Experts at the Court of Appeal of Versailles) who directed the operations with Jean-Christophe CARON (former President of the Bar at the Court of Versailles).
We are pleased to inform you that this guide, announced in the July 2019 and November 2020 letters of the Institute, has now been published (11 May 2021).
It can be obtained from the LGDJ publishing house.
The particularity of this GUIDE is, according to the wish of the directors, that it is written “with two hands”: on each topic the expert and the lawyer express themselves in parallel, allowing the reader to know and understand the constraints, obligations, possibilities and purposes of the actions of each actor.
Thus, 43 authors, experts, lawyers and magistrates, have been brought together and have each expressed their views on aspects of the process of expertise and their role in matters and fields in which they regularly practice.
This PRACTICAL GUIDE TO JUSTICE EXPERTISE is not a book of law, nor an analysis of case law, it is a practical and operational work for the use of practitioners of justice expertise in FRANCE, whether they are experts or lawyers. It deals with all the main branches or headings of expertise (technical, figures, health, art, translation, etc.), and the different phases of their development.
It contains more than 45 models of acts and procedures, and the main applicable texts.
The topics covered are: the use of expertise, expertise and experts, civil expertise, the conduct of an expertise, special expertise and other missions (preventive summary proceedings, medical expertise, financial expertise, real estate, IT, transport, fire, consultations and findings), expertise in administrative jurisdiction, criminal expertise, ethics and private missions, cross-border civil expertise.
This GUIDE will be useful to novice experts, and to more experienced experts, as well as to lawyers in training and practising lawyers. Indeed, if the expert and the lawyer apply the same texts and codes, and if their opinions may differ, they are not opposed because the purpose of their actions is not the same, but it is useful for them to have a precise knowledge of the role of each other in order to be able to exercise theirs correctly.
Jacques Lauvin

Jacques Lauvin, Joint editor of the practical guide to legal expertise
Expert accredited by the French Court of Cassation – Elected member of the Comex