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Does the SVPA Allow the People to Retain a Private Expert to Testify at Trial

Case Name: Needham v. Superior Court (2022) 82 Cal.App.5th 114, review granted 10/26/2022
Case #: S276395/G060670
Last Updated: September 20, 2023

Does the Sexually Violent Predator Act (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 6600 et seq.) allow the People to retain a private expert to testify at trial as to whether a defendant is a sexually violent predator, or are the expert witnesses limited to those designated by the State Department of State Hospitals (Welf. & Inst. Code, §§ 6601 & 6603)? 

Review on this issue has also been granted with briefing deferred in:

  • People v. Arnold (B311683) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 2/1/2023 (S277872)
  • People v. Sloan (2023) 93 Cal.App.5th 698, review granted 9/20/2023 (S281478/C095622)


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