Expert witnesses; standards for testimony. (SB753)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Standards for testimony of expert witnesses. Adopts two additional standards for admission of expert testimony found in Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence by (i) requiring that the expert's testimony be the product of reliable principles and methods and (ii) requiring that the expert has reliably applied the principles and methods to the facts of the case. The bill also codifies the requirement that the expert's testimony be based on sufficient facts or data (as recognized in Forbes v. Rapp, 269 Va. 374, 611 S.E.2d 592 (2005)). The bill does not change the current requirement that the expert's scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact in understanding the evidence or determining a fact in issue. Read the Bill »


01/17/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100628D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2018Continued to 2019 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)