Indigent defendants; right to ex parte hearing for appointment of experts in capital cases. (SB111)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Indigent defendants; right to ex parte hearing for appointment of experts in capital cases. Provides that an indigent defendant who has been charged with a capital offense may move for the appointment of experts to assist in the preparation of his defense. The court shall hold an ex parte hearing on such a motion and may order the appointment of an expert. The expert's work product is protected by attorney-client privilege; however, the defendant shall comply with the discovery rules set forth in the Rules of the Supreme Court. Amends § 19.2-264.3:1.3, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/16/2008: Merged into SB369

History

DateAction
01/03/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080206272
01/03/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/16/2008Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB369-Watkins) (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB369.

Comments

Doug Smith writes:

Rolled into Watkins similar bill and reported out of sub with just one no (Stolle)