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Government hints at action on ‘unregulated experts’

30th April 2024

Law Gazette

The government has said ‘something needs to be done’ to ensure only properly regulated experts are called to give evidence in Family Court proceedings. The commitment, given by justice minister Lord Bellamy last week, was made in response to an amendment to the Victims and Prisoners Bill. It follows a joint investigation and article by the Gazette and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The article detailed a family case that included allegations of ‘parental alienation’. It highlighted a report by expert witness psychologist Melanie Gill, who is not regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (the ‘relevant regulatory body’). Her expertise was questioned by counsel during the trial. The court rejected the report’s proposition that there had been parental alienation by the mother.

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