PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF EVIDENCE
2020 Edition, with Comments & Annotations by Hon. Mark I. Bernstein (Ret.)
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The 2020 edition—the 15th edition of “Judge Bernstein on Evidence”—has been significantly revised to focus on current legal issues. Judge Bernstein has added an entirely new section on electronic communications as evidence, including social media, emails, text messages and instant messages, and a revised section on cross-examination of expert witnesses.
In addition, BouSamra v. Excela Health is extensively reviewed. BouSamra, recently decided by the Supreme Court, significantly changes the work product doctrine in Pennsylvania.
Long respected not only as a trial judge but also as a succinct commentator on evidence, Judge Bernstein was most recently cited by the Superior Court in Jones v. Plumer, No. 747 WDA 2019, 6 (Pa. Super. Jan. 15, 2020).
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– Montgomery County Judge
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– Lancaster County Judge
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