Enhanced Expert Rates

Criteria for evaluating vendor of record candidates

Professional experience

  • A high level of professional achievement
  • Advanced knowledge of forensic science
  • A demonstrated commitment to continuing education & publication
  • Advising lawyers of new developments in area of practice
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality expert opinions in a cost-effective manner by exhibiting the following skills:
    • Focusing in on relevant disclosure
    • Effectively and efficiently assisting in preparing points to be explored in the cross-examination of witnesses
    • Advising the lawyer at the earliest possible moment if there is no real prospect of success
    • Provide reports in a timely fashion to enable solicitor to meet timelines and negotiate with the crown.
  • Exemplary record of providing evidence leading to
    • Acquittals
    • Conviction on a lesser charge
    • Imposed sentence reflects submissions of the defence

Civility/reputation/ethics

  • Politeness and consideration for others
  • Punctuality and good regular work habits
  • Compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct of your professional association
  • Reputation for integrity, fairness, courtesy and candour
  • Demonstrating the highest ethical standards in the following ways, including but not limited to:
    • Reliability and preparedness
    • Communicate and explain findings to lawyer
    • Provide candid advice to the lawyer based on sufficient knowledge of the facts, and probable result at the earliest opportunity
    • Recognizing limitations in ones ability to be qualified as an expert
  • Demonstrating the highest ethical standards by not acting in the following ways, including but not limited to:
    • Proceeding with an assessment/test that will not advance the defence not withstanding the instructions of the lawyer or client
    • Not involved in serious, unresolved professional complaints/claims

Relationship with LAO (If applicable)

  • Demonstrating the effective and efficient use of public funds
  • Acknowledgement of LAO's policies and procedures, in particular, the requirement to provide a detailed account.
  • Courteous and respectful to LAO staff, clients and panel lawyers
  • Compliance with general LAO policies and procedures including, but not limited to:
    • Not the subject of any serious, unresolved investigation/compliant
    • Responsive to LAO inquiries
    • Commitment to providing information requested by LAO, to the lawyer in a timely way
  • Appreciation of LAO's limited budget including, but not limited to:
    • Providing a realistic estimate of cost
    • Advising the lawyer if there is a risk that the expert services will cost more than the allotted authorization
    • Advising the lawyer of your prejudices that may interfere with your completing your report
    • Ensuring that a meaningful and useable work product is transferred to another expert in the event you are unable to complete your retainer
  • Recognition of Big Case Management billing requirements including but not limited to:
    • Accurate and detailed accounts
    • Regular submitting of accounts