Business, Legal & Accounting Glossary
n. the basic rule that testimony or documents which quote persons not in court are not admissible.
Because the person who supposedly knew the facts is not in court to state his/her exact words, the trier of fact cannot judge the demeanour and credibility of the alleged first-hand witness, and the other party’s lawyer cannot cross-examine (ask questions of) him or her. However, as significant as the hearsay rule itself are the exceptions to the rule which allow hearsay testimony such as:
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