SB 255 – 2021 AOC Legislative Changes

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Danny Earl Britt, Jr. (R-Columbus, Robeson); Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Avery, Burke, Caldwell)


This bill requires the court to reduce the oral instructions given to the jury to writing in medical malpractice cases and encourages the court to provide the jury with a written copy of the jury instructions for the jury to take into the jury room during deliberation.

This bill also requires senior resident superior court judges, in consultation with the parties to a case, to designate a specific resident judge or a specific judge assigned to hold court in the district to preside over all medical malpractice actions.


Filed – 3/11/2021

This bill was referred to Rules and Operations of the Senate on 3/15/2021, but it was withdrawn on 3/17/2021.

This bill was re-referred to the following Senate Committees:


-Rules and Operations