Governor Rick Snyder today signed legislation allowing expert witnesses to testify by video in trial court cases.

In his recent Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety, which took place right here in Flint, the governor emphasized his support for expanding video technology in courts.

House Bill 4647 allows trial courts to permit expert witnesses to testify by video if all parties agree. This authorization takes advantage of new technologies to create better efficiency in court proceedings. It also cuts down on the sometimes exorbitant costs to individuals and taxpayers of bringing in non-local or out-of-state experts.

Snyder said "expert witnesses are a key component of many trials and this legislation makes it more convenient and less expensive to hear from the best witnesses available. I appreciate the Legislature's support in addressing public safety concerns and providing an efficient, modernized justice system."

Video testimony will be allowed in both civil and criminal cases. The bill is now Public Act 68.