H.B. 385






Chief Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill removes the limit to felony cases on expert testimony.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    removes the limitation to felony cases for when notice is required for an expert
             14      witness at trial.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21           77-17-13 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 290
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 77-17-13 is amended to read:
             25           77-17-13. Expert testimony generally -- Notice requirements.
             26          (1) (a) If the prosecution or the defense intends to call any expert to testify in a [felony]
             27      case at trial or any hearing, excluding a preliminary hearing held pursuant to Rule 7 of the Utah

             28      Rules of Criminal Procedure, the party intending to call the expert shall give notice to the
             29      opposing party as soon as practicable but not less than 30 days before trial or 10 days before the
             30      hearing.
             31          (b) Notice shall include the name and address of the expert, the expert's curriculum
             32      vitae, and one of the following:
             33          (i) a copy of the expert's report, if one exists; or
             34          (ii) a written explanation of the expert's proposed testimony sufficient to give the
             35      opposing party adequate notice to prepare to meet the testimony; and
             36          (iii) a notice that the expert is available to cooperatively consult with the opposing
             37      party on reasonable notice.
             38          (c) The party intending to call the expert is responsible for any fee charged by the
             39      expert for the consultation.
             40          (2) If an expert's anticipated testimony will be based in whole or part on the results of
             41      any tests or other specialized data, the party intending to call the witness shall provide to the
             42      opposing party the information upon request.
             43          (3) As soon as practicable after receipt of the expert's report or the information
             44      concerning the expert's proposed testimony, the party receiving notice shall provide to the other
             45      party notice of witnesses whom the party anticipates calling to rebut the expert's testimony,
             46      including the information required under Subsection (1)(b).
             47          (4) (a) If the defendant or the prosecution fails to substantially comply with the
             48      requirements of this section, the opposing party shall, if necessary to prevent substantial
             49      prejudice, be entitled to a continuance of the trial or hearing sufficient to allow preparation to
             50      meet the testimony.
             51          (b) If the court finds that the failure to comply with this section is the result of bad faith
             52      on the part of any party or attorney, the court shall impose appropriate sanctions. The remedy
             53      of exclusion of the expert's testimony will only apply if the court finds that a party deliberately
             54      violated the provisions of this section.
             55          (5) (a) For purposes of this section, testimony of an expert at a preliminary hearing
             56      held pursuant to Rule 7 of the Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure constitutes notice of the
             57      expert, the expert's qualifications, and a report of the expert's proposed trial testimony as to the
             58      subject matter testified to by the expert at the preliminary hearing.

             59          (b) Upon request, the party who called the expert at the preliminary hearing shall
             60      provide the opposing party with a copy of the expert's curriculum vitae as soon as practicable
             61      prior to trial or any hearing at which the expert may be called as an expert witness.
             62          (6) This section does not apply to the use of an expert who is an employee of the state
             63      or its political subdivisions, so long as the opposing party is on reasonable notice through
             64      general discovery that the expert may be called as a witness at trial, and the witness is made
             65      available to cooperatively consult with the opposing party upon reasonable notice.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-20-14 8:53 AM

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