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best evidence rule

n. the legal doctrine that an original piece of evidence, particularly a document, is superior to a copy. If the original is available, a copy will not be allowed as evidence in a trial. (See: evidence)

best evidence rule

the rule that evidence will be admitted provided it is the best the nature of the case will allow and, conversely, that it will be excluded, whatever its other merits, if it is shown not to be the best. There are many exceptions to the rule. See COMPUTER EVIDENCE, HEARSAY.
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Note that although the Supreme Court is not a trier of fact, it determines how to interpret them, such as use of the best evidence rule. It also resolves conflicting appraisals of facts.
The Rules of Court's "Best Evidence Rule" states: "When the subject of inquiry is the contents of a document, no evidence shall be admissible other than the original document itself.
In the said ruling, the Court noted that the best evidence rule, which regards original copy of a document as superior evidence, has been recognized as evidentiary standard since the 18th century.
We can see the best evidence rule (106) as a method for maintaining such higher standards contexts.
The effect of the initiative became moot in 1999 when the legislature replaced the Best Evidence Rule with the Secondary Evidence Rule by the required super-majority.
of the Best Evidence Rule. (116) kinder this approach, courts would
The company objected to the introduction of photocopies under the best evidence rule; however, the court overruled its objection.
On appeal, however, the importation conviction was reversed because the officers' testimonies violated the best evidence rule.
1979) (concluding that a plain violation of the best evidence rule was not grounds for reversal); Edward M.
As far as we're concerned, if there's anybody who can give the best evidence--you know, you hear about the best evidence rule and direct evidence--he certainly can on these issues," he said.
Another major concern in the admissibility of electronic mail is what is popularly termed the "Best Evidence Rule." Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, production of original documents is definitely preferred.
Best evidence rule. This rule requires that if any original documents, for instance, invoices, receipts or checks, are available, they--not copies--must be used in court.