Download Zipped Enrolled WordPerfect HJR038.ZIP
[Introduced][Amended][Status][Bill Documents][Fiscal Note][Bills Directory]

H.J.R. 38 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution amends Utah Rule of Evidence, Rule 409 regarding expressions of
             10      apology by health care professionals and employees.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    amends Utah Rule of Evidence, Rule 409 regarding expressions of apology by
             14      health care professionals and employees.
             15      Special Clauses:
             16          This resolution provides an immediate effective date.
             17      Utah Rules of Evidence Affected:
             18      AMENDS:
             19           Rule 409, Utah Rules of Evidence
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
             22      of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
             23          Section 1. Rule 409 , Utah Rules of Evidence is amended to read:
             24           Rule 409. Payment of medical and similar expenses; expressions of apology.
             25          (a) Evidence of furnishing or offering or promising to pay medical, hospital, or similar
             26      expenses occasioned by an injury is not admissible to prove liability for the injury.
             27          [(b) Statements, expressions, or conduct that express]
             28          (b) Evidence of unsworn statements, affirmations, gestures, or conduct made to a
             29      patient or a person associated with the patient by a defendant that expresses the following is not

             30      admissible in a malpractice action against a health care provider or an employee of a health
             31      care provider to prove liability for an injury:
             32          (1) apology, sympathy, commiseration, condolence, compassion, or general sense of
             33      benevolence[,]; or [describe]
             34          (2) a description of the sequence of events relating to the unanticipated outcome of
             35      medical care or the significance of events [or both are not admissible against a health care
             36      provider or an employee of a health care provider to prove liability for an injury].
             37          Section 2. Legislative note.
             38          It is the intent of the Legislature that when the Court Rules are compiled and printed the
             39      following language be added as a Legislative Note.
             40          "In 2010 the Utah Legislature amended Rule 409 by a two-thirds vote in both houses
             41      adding paragraph (b) and making related changes. In 2011 the Legislature further amended the
             42      rule by a two-thirds vote in both houses to make it follow more closely Utah Code Ann. Sec.
             43      78B-3-422 .
             44          The intent and purpose of amending the rule with paragraph (b) is to encourage
             45      expressions of apology, empathy, and condolence and the disclosure of facts and circumstances
             46      related to unanticipated outcomes in the provision of health care in an effort to facilitate the
             47      timely and satisfactory resolution of patient concerns arising from unanticipated outcomes in
             48      the provision of health care. Patient records are not statements made to patients, and therefore
             49      are not inadmissible under this rule."
             50          Section 3. Effective date.
             51          This resolution takes effect upon approval by a constitutional two-thirds vote of all
             52      members elected to each house.

[Bill Documents][Bills Directory]