Research Contract on Experts in Family Law Cases

Research Contract on Experts in Family Law Cases

It is anticipated that the research will consist of two phases: Phase 1 will consist of a combination of qualitative interviews and/or focus groups with practitioners to better understand the types of cases and circumstances that result in the commissioning of expert reports and the types of expertise mostly sought.

Reference number: 3307-2-Professional Services-N-RFP

Deadline date:26/07/2013

This deadline is for… Receipt of tender submissions on the Ministry of Justice eSourcing Portal (Emptoris)

Contract value:£80,000 – £90,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom Ministry of Justice Analytical Services Directorate 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT N

 

Description of the contract

Changes to the Family Procedure Rules came into force in January 2013 and, subject to the outcome of consultation, new Standards for experts are due to be introduced later in 2013. These developments are expected to prompt new practices for the commissioning of expert reports and positively impact on their quality, timeliness and value. Justice Ryder’s proposals for the modernisation of family justice have also indicated that expectation documents will be published which will describe agreements reached with agencies working in family justice to detail what the court can expect from existing or new processes. This research study will assist in understanding how the upcoming reforms are being implemented, identify barriers to the effective implementation of the new Rules and Standards, help identify best practices and what further measures could be taken to encourage their implementation. It is anticipated that the research will consist of two phases: Phase 1 will consist of a combination of qualitative interviews and/or focus groups with practitioners to better understand the types of cases and circumstances that result in the commissioning of expert reports and the types of expertise mostly sought, how expertise sought relates to the expert commissioned, and explore views on the processes for commissioning expert reports and how these affect the progression of cases. Phase 1 will help us refine the focus of phase 2 by assisting in setting the parameters for choosing the cases for in depth review and providing a clear framework for developing research questions and methodology for the next phase of the study. Phase 2 will consist of in-depth peer reviews of court files with a focus on the requirements of the new Standards, Family Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 25A and Expectation Documents. Key aspects will be matched against expectations, including letters of instruction, expert reports, transcripts of experts’ meetings, court evidence and feedback given to experts. Peer reviewers will explore the use of expert evidence in 30 to 40 family law cases. We expect that the reviewers will include professionals such as the judiciary, solicitors and experts. Peer-review (or audit) is widely used in clinical settings to set and monitor standards and improve service quality.

 

Classification of the contract

73110000 Research services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 28/08/2013 – 28/10/2014

 

Who to contact

Contact name GEMMA CROSSLEY

Organisation name Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT N

Address Units 8 & 9, Fryersway , Ossett , Wakefield , West Yorkshire , WF5 9TJ

Telephone 01924 205700

Extension number:

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Web address www.justice.gov.uk

 

How to apply

The Ministry of Justice performs events through its eSourcing Portal. The eSourcing Portal is an online application that allows all potential suppliers to create and submit their responses to any Request for information, requests for Quotes, or Requests for Proposals via the internet rather than in paper form (where they have been invited to respond). If you are not registered on the eSourcing Portal please send an email to the relevant buyer as stated in the notice (gemma.crossley@noms.gsi.gov.uk) stating: Company Name, Your Contact email,Sourcing Reference Number:eg. 3307-2-Professional Services-N-RFP The buyer will then contact you with the registration process. If you are already registered on the eSourcing Portal please contact the relevant buyer expressing your interest in the sourcing event. You will then be notified by email when the sourcing event has been opened.