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Together with my colleague I gave an interview for Seznam Zprávy on the quality of work of forensic experts

 

5. 2. 2024

The media image of Czech experts is shaped by highly problematic cases, but many experts in the Czech Republic are doing top-notch work, said in an interview for Seznam Zprávy, which we gave together with Mgr. Bohdana Nováková.

24. 1. 2024

In January I gave an invited lecture at a top expert workplace, Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering. The topic of the lecture was of course related to the procedure of an expert according to the new legal regulation of expert activities in the Czech Republic.

21. – 23. 9. 2023

For the students of the Master Forensic Science programme we arranged a three-day internship which included lectures on the new regulation of expert performance in the Czech Republic (Dr. Závora), on the interdisciplinary project on speaker identification (Mgr. Skořepa) and on the falsity of expert opinion in the decision-making practice of courts in the Czech Republic (Mgr. Nováková).

The Judicial Academy, Kroměříž

 

23. 5. 2023

In May, I gave a lecture in Kroměříž to the judges of the Kralovehradecky Region on the structural concept of reviewability in the new regulation of expert activities

March 2023

In March, I published an article in the prestigious law journal AUCI (SCOPUS) in which I interpret the broader meaning of the structural concept of reviewability of expert reports. The codification of the expert’s procedure (Article 52 of Decree 503/2020) and the requisites of an expert report (Article 41 of Decree 503/2020) was based on my study published in 2017.

New legal regulation of expert performance

The previous legal regulation of expert performance did not provide sufficient conditions for the expert report assessment. Based on the assignment of the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, a study proposing a structure-based expert procedure was formulated by a member of our institute Dr. Jiří Závora and published in 2017. On the basis of this study, Decree No. 503/2020 Coll. modified the mandatory procedure of the expert. The IFSP prepares professional workshops and creates didactic materials on the structure-based expert procedure for lawyers and experts.

Interview: About the new expert´s procedure regulation and document authentication

Record of training course: The expert´s procedure

Training course of experts for the Judicial Academy
2. 6. 2022
 
  • The expert´s procedure
  • Structure of expert report

The Judicial Academy, Kroměříž – training course for judges

The Judicial Academy, Kroměříž

June 2022

Procedure of the expert according to the new regulation of expert performance

An experimental probe of the quality of document authentication in the Czech Republic

Document authentication is a public administration service confirming the existence of an original document. The authentication officer is legally obliged to recognize the original document through an authentication element (Act No. 21/2006 Coll. and Article 73 of Act No. 358/1992 Coll., Notarial Code) and to recognize an obvious forgery (Supreme Court of the Czech Republic 30 Cdo 1966/2013). To test the functionality of authentication, we conducted an experiment in which we managed to obtain an obviously dubious document authenticated in 77 % cases. Since the authenticated copy contains a clause of authenticity, it is difficult to prove a forgery. The surprising results of the experiment were published in the journal “Státní zastupitelství” but also presented in the interview “Výzva Jiřího Kubíka”. The experiment attracted widespread media attention.

Addressed conclusion of expert´s opinion

If the name of the writer is mentioned in the conclusion of the expert’s report, the expert must state in the data production section (§ 41 (2) Regulation No. 503/2020 SB) that he personally carried out a handwriting experiment in which he saw the writer in question write. At the same time, in the data processing section, the expert must state that he has carried out a thorough validation (§ 55(2)) of the entire comparative sample, i.e. both the collected and requested handwriting samples. Otherwise, the expert can only formulate a conclusion (§ 58) that is non-addressed, i.e. signed/unsigned by the writer of the comparative samples.

Podcast: Forensic handwriting identification part I.

June 2021 

  • Handwriting identity in criminal proceedings
  • Handwriting identity manifestations
  • Different aims and methods of graphology
  • Handwriting identity analysis
  • Disguising handwriting identity

Podcast: Forensic handwriting identification part III.

September 2021 

  • Nemotenetur principle and handwriting samples provision
  • The importance of the handwriting experiment 
  • Cognitive bias of the expert
  • Unacceptable legal evaluation and interference in proceeding participant´s evidence initiative
  • Expert report in criminal and civil proceeding
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October 2021 

Comment on President Miloš Zeman’s signature on the document convening the session of the Chamber of Deputies

Apology

6. 4. 2018

The editorial staff of the news server Novinky.cz has published an apology for misleading information that affected my honour and dignity

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