EUREXPERTISE’s goal was to provide the European institutions with consensual reform suggestions to decrease the amount of divergences found after a thorough inventory and objective analysis of the rules and practises in use in matters of civil expertise throughout the European Union.
The work carried out to reach this goal has revolved around three axes :
- inventory of the rules and practises in use in the 27 European Union member states ;
- symposium to discuss the results obtained and identify the consensual axes of propositions ;
- organisation of a consensus conference to once again endorse the potential contributions of this scientific methodological approach to the European expert issues
TAKING STOCK OF RULES AND PRACTICES
A first inventory started by the French Court of Cassation within the network of Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts, was carried out on the base of a questionnaire on the following topics :
- Methods behind the decision to call for an expert examination
- Choice and appointment of the expert
- Expert’s mission content
- Progression of the expert examination (contradictory, possible evolution,…)
- Concluding the mission, and its effect
- Status, code of ethics, competences and responsibility of the expert
The “Eurexpertise” project group made of seventeen active European members (high magistrates, lawyers, solicitors and experts) met on average every six weeks for half-days or full days.
This collective work was carried out and enriched by the individual contributions of the group’s members and the correspondents which were designated for each state.
In detail, they carried out the following :
- Collect the existing knowledge through questionnaires filled out during multiple ex-changes with each country ;
- Understanding and analysing the answers provided ;
- Drawing up each country’s file structured around a model set by the work group ;
- Establish a synthesis table (28 states : EU + Norway) and comparative analysis of the procedures and customs in use ;
- Identify possible convergence paths ;
- Collect the commentaries of judges, legal experts and lawyers on the practical reality of expert examinations in the different countries to guarantee the widest consultation possible ;
- Prepare the work for the Brussels symposium in March 2012, especially for the roundtables.
The results for each of 27 countries of the EU as well as that of Norway are presented in the Expertise section of the site.