Florida Expert Witness Bill Now in Judiciary Committee

The Florida House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee passed HB 7015 which will modernize expert witness standards.  David Hart, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Coalition for Legal Reform, described the 85-year-old ‘general acceptance’ Frye Standard created in 1923 as antiquated and said  HB 7015 would place Florida in line with the majority of states using the more modern Daubert Standard for scientific expert witness testimony.

From the Florida House of Representatives website:

General Bill   by Civil Justice Subcommittee and Metz (CO-SPONSORS) Gaetz

Expert Testimony: Provides that witness qualified as expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in form of opinion as to facts at issue in case; requires courts to interpret & apply principles of expert testimony in conformity with specified U.S. Supreme Court decisions; subjects pure opinion testimony to such requirements; provides that facts or data that are otherwise inadmissible may not be disclosed to jury by proponent of opinion or inference unless court determines that probative value of facts or data in assisting jury to evaluate expert’s opinion substantially outweighs prejudicial effect. Effective Date: July 1, 2013

Last Event: Now in Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 28, 2013 3:48 PM


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