AN ACT TO REQUIRE JURIES TO RECEIVE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE JUDGE IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SUITS AND TO ENCOURAGE EACH SENIOR RESIDENT SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TO DESIGNATE A SPECIFIC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TO HEAR ALL ASPECTS OF A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Modifies the proposed additions to GS 1A-1, Rule 51, concerning instructions to the jury. Now authorizes and encourages, rather than requires, the court to provide the written instructions to the jury to take to the jury room during deliberations in civil cases subject to Rule 9(j) of the Rules of Civil Procedure (concerning medical malpractice pleadings).
Modifies the proposed additions to GS 7A-47.3 to encourage and authorize the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge to, in consultation with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the parties to the case (rather than only the AOC), designate a specific resident judge or specific judge assigned to the District to preside over all cases subject to Rule 9(j) of the Rules of Civil Procedure.
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