New CA Supreme Court Evidence Case

 

To do the best job possible as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I keep up with and summarize the new published California civil cases. In this blog I discuss a new civil case that was published last month. 

 Evidence

A question that can arise during trial is whether a party can use a discovery deposition, taken in an earlier action, under the hearsay exception in Evidence Code section 1291(a)(2). Last month, the California Supreme Court published a new decision addressing this issue. In the video above I briefly discuss this new case. Below is my summary of the case.

New Evidence Decision 

Berroteran v. Superior Court (2022) _ Cal.5th _ , 2022 WL 664719: The California Supreme Court reversed the Court Appeal's decision concluding that discovery deposition testimony in an earlier action was admissible under the hearsay exception in Evidence Code, section 1291(a)(2). Although the parties had settled the case, the California Supreme Court exercised its discretion to proceed to decide the matter. Finding the Court of Appeal's reasoning to be unpersuasive, the California Supreme Court concluded that section 1291(a)(2) creates a general rule against admission of testimony from a prior civil discovery deposition. When ruling on the admissibility of such prior testimony, the trial court should take the following approach. It should determine whether the parties intended, at the outset, that the deposition would serve as trial testimony. It should determine whether the parties subsequently reached agreement concerning use of the deposition at trial in that case, or in other cases. Other key practical considerations are the timing of the deposition within the context of the litigation and special circumstances creating an incentive for cross-examination; the relationship of the deponent and the opposing party, the anticipated availability of the deponent at trial in the proceeding in which the deposition was taken, and the statutory context; conduct at, and surrounding, the deposition — and the degree of any examination conducted by the opposing party; the particular designated testimony; and the similarity of position. (March 7, 2022.)


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California courts are constantly publishing new civil case decisions. Last year in 2021, the California Supreme Court published 22 new civil or family law decisions and the Court of Appeal published 483 new civil or family law decisions, for a total of 505 new civil or family law cases!

While you don't need to read new case decisions outside of your civil practice area, it's clear that there are lots of new case decisions each year that you need to know about to keep current in your practice areas.  

I keep up with the new case law, and I help California lawyers easily keep up with the new case law by publishing California Case Summaries™ with short summaries (one paragraph), organized by legal topic, of the new published civil or family law decisions. I publish monthly, quarterly, and annual publications, giving you several options for mastering the new case law. 

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Until my next blog post, stay safe and healthy.


Best regards,
Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee
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