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This survey period saw no dramatic developments. The necessity exception to the hearsay rule continued to catch within its net statements that, a generation ago, would never have seen the light of a courtroom day. However, there were hints that some appellate justices and judges are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the broad scope of the necessity exception. With regard to expert testimony, Georgia courts continued their refusal to adopt Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., perhaps because of a reluctance to impose on trial court judges the tremendous burden of microscopic analysis of proffered expert testimony.

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