A proposal from Rep. Bill Faison (D, Durham) would allow counsel of record for the plaintiff (not defense counsel) in any civil proceeding, including questioning of jurors, to present evidence or inquire regarding the existence, contents, and coverage of any liability insurance policies held by any defendant. The NCMS is opposed to this bill because the presence or absence of insurance is not relevant to questions about a person’s liability. Further, the knowledge of insurance coverage would likely induce juries to decide cases on improper grounds. These factors are spelled out clearly in the commentary that accompanies Rule 411 of the Rules of Evidence, which is also repealed by Rep. Faison’s proposal. The bill is House Bill 1370 – Reform Medical Malpractice Evidentiary Rules.