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The survey period saw a number of cases raising significant evidentiary issues. For example, lawyers engaged in civil litigation should be aware of decisions addressing the admissibility of collateral source payments and offers to pay medical bills in tort actions. Also, the court of appeals struggled with the question of whether the forfeiture of a bond posted in response to a traffic citation is admissible in a subsequent civil action as an admission of liability. With regard to criminal law, decisions rendered during the survey period suggest that at least some members of the supreme court will be taking a more restrictive view of the range of admissible similar transaction evidence. Also, both the supreme court and the court of appeals continue to skeptically view expert testimony in criminal cases. All litigators may find decisions on Georgia's relatively new necessity exception to the hearsay rule interesting.

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