EFB – EEEI : Practical guide to judicial expertise

Following contacts between the EFB (Bar Training School) and the EEEI (European Institute of Expertise and Experts), and within the framework of the Institute’s training activities, it was decided to draft a PRACTICAL GUIDE TO JUSTICE EXPERTISE for the collection la “bibliothèque de l’avocat” (Editions LEXTENSO).

The EEEI asked Jacques Lauvin (Honorary President of the Compagnie des Experts de Versailles) and Jean-Christophe Caron (former President of the Bar at the Court of Versailles) to produce this guide – see the article of July 2019.

The particularity of this GUIDE is, according to the realization of the editors’ wishes, that it is written “with both hands”: on each theme the expert and the lawyer express themselves in parallel, allowing the reader to grasp the constraints, obligations, possibilities and aims of the actions of each actor.

Thus, 40 authors, experts, lawyers and magistrates have been brought together to express themselves on aspects of the conduct of the expertise and on their role in matters and fields which they exercise or regularly practice.

This guide is not a law book or an analysis of case law, it is a pragmatic work for the use of practitioners of legal expertise in France, which deals with all the major areas of expertise (technical, figures, health, art, translation, etc.), and the different phases of their development.

The topics treated are: recourse to expertise, expertise and experts, civil expertise, the conduct of an expertise, special expertise and other missions, expertise in administrative jurisdiction, criminal expertise, ethics and private missions, cross-border expertise.

This guide will be useful for beginners and more experienced experts, as well as, of course, for lawyers in training or in practice. Although experts and lawyers apply the same texts and codes, and although their opinions may differ, they are not opposed to each other, it is useful for them to have a precise knowledge of each other’s role.

The drafting phase of the GUIDE has been completed and the final formatting phase is about to begin.

The guide will be published in the first quarter of 2021, and information on how to obtain it will be provided shortly.

Jacques Lauvin
Expert accredited by the Honorary Court of Cassation
Member of the EEEI Executive Committee

Jacques Lauvin