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In re Order Adopting New Rule 574 of Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

February 19, 2014

IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING NEW RULE 574 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

[Part G(1)] Part G

(This is an entirely new rule.)

RULE 574. FORENSIC LABORATORY REPORT; CERTIFICATION IN LIEU OF EXPERT TESTIMONY

(A) In any trial, the attorney for the Commonwealth may seek to offer into evidence a forensic laboratory report supported by a certification, as provided in paragraph (E), in lieu of testimony by the person who performed the analysis or examination that is the subject of the report.

(B)Notice

(1)If the attorney for the Commonwealth intends to offer the forensic laboratory report and accompanying certification as provided in paragraph (A) as evidence at trial, the attorney for the Commonwealth shall file and serve, as provided in Rule 576, upon the defendant's attorney or, if unrepresented, the defendant a written notice of that fact at the time of the disclosure of the report but no later than 20 days prior to the start of trial.
(2) The notice shall include a statement informing the defendant that, as provided in paragraph (C)(3), if no written demand for testimony by the person who performed the analysis or examination that is the subject of the forensic laboratory report is made within 10 days of the service of the notice, the forensic laboratory report and accompanying certification are admissible in evidence without the person who performed the analysis or examination testifying.
(3) Except as provided in paragraph (C), the laboratory report and accompanying certification are admissible in evidence to the same effect as if the person who performed the analysis or examination had personally testified.
(C) Demand
(1)Within 10 days of service of the notice provided in paragraph (B), the defendant's attorney, or if unrepresented, the defendant may file and serve, as provided in Rule 576, upon the attorney for the Commonwealth a written demand for the person who performed the analysis or examination that is the subject of the forensic laboratory report to testify at trial.
(2)If a written demand is filed and served, the forensic laboratory report and accompanying certification are not admissible under paragraph (B)(3) unless the person who performed the analysis or examination testifies.
(3)If no demand for live testimony regarding the forensic laboratory report and accompanying certification is filed and served within the time allowed by this section, the forensic laboratory report and accompanying certification are admissible in evidence without the person who performed the analysis or examination testifying.
(D)For cause shown, the judge may extend the time period for filing the notice or the demand for live testimony, or may ...

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