NRGD annual report 2022

This year, the Netherlands Register of Court Experts (NRGD) once again contributed towards safeguarding, and where necessary, improving the quality of experts in the Dutch criminal justice system. There is still much to be done, and that is in the interest of all participants in proceedings. 

Results and new developments in 2022

  • The NRGD processed 191 applications across 10 fields/sub-fields of expertise in 2022. Across the fields of expertise, 15 applications were rejected in 2022.
  • The GSR field of expertise was opened in October 2022.
  • The FMO field of expertise was opened up for registration applications on 1 December 2021. Within the Forensic Medical Examination field of expertise (a specific Dutch subfield), the first experts and assessors were appointed in 2022, resulting in 10 registrations.
  • Together with the Standard-setting Advisory Committee, the NRGD made great progress in 2022 in drafting an assessment framework for the Forensic Financial Investigation.
  • An afternoon knowledge session on the subject of reporting for the defence was held in 2022. There is clearly a positive development underway when it comes to the willingness on the part of experts to report for the defence.
  • The NRGD made considerable progress in 2022 towards its goal of achieving the recognition/certification of the assessment and programmes/training courses of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in the near future.
  • In the first half of 2022, the Board decided that the Forensic Radiology field was to be the next new area to be standardised.
  • The Ad Hoc instruments for experts who have rarely, if ever, drawn up reports in criminal cases, are frequently consulted via the NRGD website. Seven requests for report feedback were satisfactorily processed.
  • ICT: following a successful pilot project, the application procedure has been fully digitalised. Moreover, the website has been revamped.