HB 538/SB 475 – Transparence in Evidence Standards

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes)


This bill states that the term “insurance” as used in Rule 411 of the NC Rules of Evidence prohibits parties from introducing evidence of any payments made by insurance under the collateral source rule, but that the rule should not be construed to infer that evidence of health insurance, disability insurance, or other forms of benefits that may be characterized as insurance is prohibited by the rule.

This bill also revises Rule 411 of the NC Rules of Evidence to state that the rule does not require the exclusion of evidence of insurance against liability or coverage limits when offered for a purpose for a purpose other than the issue of whether a person acted negligently.


Filed – 4/13/2021