The Florida Supreme Court issued an important ruling recently that looks to be turning back scientific evidence admission standards in civil lawsuits to an older, more plaintiff-friendly requirement.
In its 4-2 ruling last month, the state’s highest court cited “grave constitutional concerns” as raised by the Florida Bar’s code and rules of evidence committee regarding the more stringent expert testimony admission rules under the Daubert standard that were put in place by the Florida Legislature on July 1, 2013 and endorsed by Governor Rick Scott.
The more lenient standard is known as the Frye standard, named after a case in 1923 (Frye v. United States) that was ruled upon by the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. The ruling in that case was then adopted throughout the United States and used for the next 70 years. The move to the more stringent Daubert standard happened in 1993 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled upon the admissibility of expert testimony in the case of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.
Currently Republicans hold a majority in the state Legislature and Governor Scott is a Republican, as well. Meanwhile there are 4 Liberal and 3 Conservative leaning judges on the Florida Supreme Court. In this case all 4 Liberal judges voted against the 2013 statute, while 2 of the 3 Conservative judges voted for it while 1 obstained.
As was pointed out in several other articles on this ruling, the move by Florida’s Supreme Court here does not definitively resolve the issue. In fact, the court left open the question, to be decided by a “proper case or controversy.” – meaning that it will be decided by a ruling in a future case.
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