Bill to allow for expert testimony by video

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation allowing expert witnesses to testify by video in trial court cases.

House Bill 4647, sponsored by state Rep. Kurt Heise, allows trial courts to permit expert witnesses to testify by video if all parties agree. This authorization takes advantage of new technologies to create better efficiency in court proceedings. It also cuts down on the costs to individuals and taxpayers of bringing in nonlocal or out-of-state experts.

"Expert witnesses are a key component of many trials and this legislation makes it more convenient and less expensive to hear from the best witnesses available," Snyder said. "I appreciate the Legislature's support in addressing public safety concerns and providing for an efficient, modernized justice system."

Video testimony will be allowed in both civil and criminal cases.

The governor also signed a bill which exempts nursing mothers from jury duty with verification from a physician, lactation consultant or certified nurse midwife.

Published: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

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