Under SB-965, an expert witness and their statements included in the medical record would not be hearsay. This would allow the court to grant a continuance if an expert relied on the record & the record has not been provided to the parties/counsel upon request in a reasonable time.
For now generally Sanchez remains nominally in place for LPS conservatorship hearings in which experts cannot relate case-specific facts via in hearsay statements, unless they are independently proven or are covered by a hearsay exception (Business Records exception).
Decisions of the CA Supreme Court are binding on all state courts in California. (Auto Equity Sales, Inc., 57 Cal. 2d 450, 455)
If appellate court decisions conflict, then the lower court must choose between the conflicting decisions. (Auto Equity Sales, Inc., 57 Cal. 2d 450, 456)
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