The Tennessee General Assembly has adopted rule changes proposed by the Tennessee Supreme Court. This is one of multiple posts discussing the new rules of most interest to tort lawyers.
Rule 611 of the Tennessee Rules of Evidence has been changed to permit leading questions to be asked of a witness on direct examination if the witness is "identified with an adverse party." Previously, the rule permitted leading questions on direct of adverse parties or hostile witnesses.
Here is a copy of the new rule. It goes into effect July 1, 2011.