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.
Adds to GS 1A-1, Rule 51, concerning instructions to the jury. Requires the court to reduce the oral jury instructions to writing and provide the written instructions to the jury to take to the jury room during deliberations in civil case subject to Rule 9(j) of the Rules of Civil Procedure (concerning medial malpractice pleadings).
Amends GS 7A-47.3 to encourage and authorize the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge to 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.
Applies to actions filed on or after October 1, 2019.
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