On the ground & up-to-the-minute substance expertise.
Crew’s team of expert witnesses provide reports and testimony on drug issues such as current street prices, trends and drug prevalence, methods of use, quantities and paraphernalia involved in substance use, cultivation or manufacture. Crew has provided this service since 1997.
Expert Witnesses at Crew consult firms about their needs, are evaluated by their peers and are required to learn and maintain knowledge of legal practice that is also independently and individually accredited by the Expert Witness Institute. Good, rapid report writing and clear testimony can alleviate some of the pressure representing sometimes chaotic substance users and often the Crew team pick up on key aspects of a case that if overlooked can delay or impede the right result.
Crew maintains possibly the only redacted database of casework to ensure uniformity of reporting across the team, but also has specialist staff in areas such as cannabis, “Legal Highs” or New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs), psychostimulants such as cocaine, opiates, benzodiazepine, “poly-drug” use and behaviours of heavy users.
Crew’s expertise is well established in Scottish courts. Crew can be relied upon for up-to-date expertise and credibility, much of it gained through its outreach work that maintains close connection to the communities using substances but also through our drug counselling and ongoing recovery services. Crew also has access to national and local information on the prices of drugs and regularly carries out surveys of people who use a variety of substances.
Crew Expert Witnesses also have extensive experience of engagement with other experts and professionals in the fields of criminal justice, health and social services. Crew provides services UK wide with links to agencies and organisation across the British Isles and the European Union.