Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-86p

Current through the 2020 Third Special Session
Section 54-86p - Hearing re reliability and admissibility of jailhouse witness testimony in criminal prosecutions
(a) In any criminal prosecution of a defendant for a violation of section 53a-54a, 53a-54b, 53a-54c, 53a-54d, 53a-70, 53a-70a or 53a-70c, upon a motion of the defendant before the start of a trial on any such offense, the court shall conduct a hearing at which hearsay or secondary evidence shall be admissible to determine whether any jailhouse witness's testimony is reliable and admissible. The court shall make a prima facie determination concerning the reliability of such testimony after evaluation of the evidence submitted at the hearing and the information or material disclosed pursuant to subdivisions (1) to (5), inclusive, of subsection (a) of section 54-86o, and may consider the following factors:
(1) The extent to which the jailhouse witness's testimony is confirmed by other evidence;
(2) The specificity of the testimony;
(3) The extent to which the testimony contains details known only by the perpetrator of the alleged offense;
(4) The extent to which the details of the testimony could be obtained from a source other than the defendant; and
(5) The circumstances under which the jailhouse witness initially provided information supporting such testimony to a sworn member of a municipal police department, a sworn member of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or a prosecutorial official, including whether the jailhouse witness was responding to a leading question.
(b) If the prosecutorial official fails to make a prima facie showing that the jailhouse witness's testimony is reliable, the court shall not allow the testimony to be admitted.
(c) For the purposes of this section, "jailhouse witness" means jailhouse witness, as defined in section 54-86o.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-86p

Added by P.A. 19-0131,S. 2 of the Connecticut Acts of the 2019 Regular Session, eff. 10/1/2019.