Friday, September 19, 2014

Pa.R.E. 611(c)(2) Amended, Effective Immediately

Here is a LINK to the amended Pa.R.E. 611(c)(2) which governs the court's discretion to control the direct and cross-examinations of witnesses at trial.  The amendment is effective immediately.

The amendments pertain to the scope of the court's discretion to allow leading questions to be posed to a hostile witness.

It would appear that this amendment may have more impact in criminal trials, but would also be applicable in a civil trial whenever a witness may properly be deemed to be hostile to the questioning attorney's client.

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