On January 12, 2024, WLF joined a coalition of civil-justice reform groups in urging the Ohio Supreme Court to adopt proposed changes to Ohio Rule of Evidence 702, which governs the admissibility of expert evidence. Following the group’s October 2023 comment encouraging the court to harmonize Ohio Rule 702 with new Federal Rule of Evidence 702(d), the court added the proposed language to the text of the rule. The proposed change aligns the Ohio rule with its federal analog by requiring the proponent of expert evidence to prove that it is “more likely than not” that the rule’s reliability requirements are satisfied.


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