Strictly speaking not a Monday smile, but for me the idea conjures up wonderful imagery! 🙂
So… this is actually a Term Focus post, on the practice of Hot Tubbing.
Hot tubbing or “concurrent evidence”, is a method of giving evidence where [..] experts give evidence simultaneously and the court or tribunal chairs a discussion between them. Hot tubbing is regularly practised in […] international arbitration proceedings […]. This has the potential not only to save costs but to improve the quality of court decision making.¹
The UK’s Law Gazette published an article last year on how this procedure affects judges, comparing it to their role in civil law systems such as France.
Here is a useful summary about its relevance to patent cases, which also includes a clear overview of the advantages and disadvantages of hot tubbing in general, albeit focusing on the Australian jurisdiction.
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