Rules of evidence

"Objection, Your Honor!" Likely you've heard the words, perhaps in a televised court case; maybe even firsthand in the courtroom.

Those unfamiliar with various legal systems may not realize there's usually an array of rules that govern just what evidence is admissible in a court of law. These rules are designed to protect both the integrity of the legal system and the contestants. For instance, a statement that would clearly mislead a jury or is patently false, or evidence that has been illegally obtained, may be excluded. The purpose of the trial is to bring out the facts, to encourage a discussion of those specific points that will lead to a just decision.

The new school
August 31, 1981

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