Medical malpractice; expert witness certification, court may conduct an in camera review. (HB1545)

Introduced By

Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medical malpractice; expert witness certification; court review. Provides that in an action for medical malpractice or wrongful death premised on medical malpractice, the court, upon good cause shown, may conduct an in camera review of the opinion obtained by the plaintiff of an expert witness who certified that the defendant deviated from the applicable standard of care and the deviation was the proximate cause of the injuries claimed. Such a certification is required before any action for medical malpractice or wrongful death premised on medical malpractice may be instituted, except in cases where cause of the injuries claimed lies within the jury's common knowledge and experience. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101461D
01/04/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/23/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1545)
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Read first time
01/31/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Read third time
02/13/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1545ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1545ER)
03/05/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 65 (effective 7/1/13)
03/05/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0065)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.