Case against UCLan psychologist scrapped

Prof Jane Ireland, from the University of Central Lancashire

Prof Jane Ireland, from the University of Central Lancashire

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A disciplinary panel has dismissed allegations against a UCLan pyschologist who raised doubts about the quality of expert witnesses in the family courts.

Professor Jane Ireland was called to appear before the Health and Care Professions Council after complaints were made about a study published in 2012 in which she claimed one in five expert witnesses were not suitably qualified.

She was accused of reaching conclusions that were not justified by the data and of threatening fellow psychologists with legal action if they did not withdraw complaints.

But the panel dismissed the entire case against her.

Professor Ireland welcomed the decision, saying: “I have always been and remain deeply committed to high quality and raising standards in the profession.”