SUPPORTING PENNSYLVANIA SENATE BILL 176 CREATING A PENNSYLVANIA EVIDENCE CODE
 
WHEREAS, the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved and passed onto the House of Representatives Senate Bill 176, which amends Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by creating a Pennsylvania Code of Evidence;

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's law of evidence is presently scattered among a variety of statutes and decisions of the Courts of this Commonwealth;

WHEREAS, codification would greatly assist all parties to the litigation process by providing them with a single workable set of rules of evidence;

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is among a small minority of states (twelve) without codification of its law of evidence;

WHEREAS, and Evidence Code has proven to be an invaluable tool in the litigation and trial of cases in Federal Courts since its adoption in 1995;

WHEREAS, the pending legislation has been modeled after the Federal Rules of Evidence in both form and substance;

WHEREAS, that Bill incorporates into its formulation of a Pennsylvania Evidence Code matters of substantive evidence law as it presently exists in Pennsylvania while maintaining the structure of the Federal Rules of Evidence;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has, through an Evidence Code Task Force, studied, commented on and supported the legislative enactment of an evidence code;

WHEREAS, this codification through legislative enactment is consistent with the efficient and appropriate formulation of an evidence code and does not violate the contribution of the common law to the evolution of Pennsylvania's evidence law;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association, through its Board of Governors and Chancellor, supports and encourages the adoption of Senate Bill 176, Printer's No. 1349, by the Pennsylvania General Assembly with such amendments as shall be satisfactory to the Chancellor with the advice of the Philadelphia Bar Association Evidence Code Task Force and directs its leadership to actively seek passage of the same.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: June 24, 1993