Tue., May 3, 2011 3:28pm (EDT)

Gov. Deal OK's New Evidence Code
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gov. Deal signs a bill that would trash old rules in the evidence code for courts.
Gov. Deal signs a bill that would trash old rules in the evidence code for courts.
Georgia’s evidence code is getting a rewrite. The governor signed a bill Tuesday that updates how and what evidence can be introduced in court.

The bill’s sponsor Republican Wendell Willard, an attorney himself, says, Georgia’s outdated rules of evidence are finally going to match federal code.

“All the laws schools train the lawyers with the model code of evidence and then they come to Georgia and stand for the bar exam and they need to get an update and re-education on just what is Georgia rules.”

Willard says when the new code book is published next year, some archaic rules will be gone, like the one that allows hearsay in testimony. Currently, Georgia is the only state that hasn’t done away with it already.