A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section


On February 19, 2014, effective April 1, 2014, upon the joint recommendation of
the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee and the Committee on Rules of Evidence, the Supreme Court adopted new Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 574 to provide procedures for the admissibility of forensic laboratory reports in lieu of expert testimony.

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In conjunction with the new criminal rule, the Supreme Court promulgated revised comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 802 concerning hearsay.

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