hearsay evidence


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hearsay evidence

n
(Law) law evidence based on what has been reported to a witness by others rather than what he has himself observed or experienced (not generally admissible as evidence)

hear′say ev`idence


n.
testimony in court based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on personal knowledge.
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Noun1.hearsay evidence - evidence based on what someone has told the witness and not of direct knowledge
evidence - (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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No circumstance of importance, from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall be related on hearsay evidence.
It was as much a part of their education to put their faith in these on hearsay evidence, as to put their faith in King, Lords and Commons.
Not more than one in ten had ever really tried it; the other nine had contented themselves with hearsay evidence and a peep through the door.
It was a good match from a worldly point of view, but his wife formed an unfavourable opinion of the colonial climate on hearsay evidence.
The updated Military Commissions Act of 2009 signed by President Obama last October made significant improvements, but the tribunals remain deeply flawed, allowing introduction of coerced statements and hearsay evidence.
For what it's worth, here's my hearsay evidence on roads.
Thanks to his reforms, he said, defendants tried by military commissions will have "greater latitude in selecting their own counsel" and "more protections if they refuse to testify"; introducing hearsay evidence will be harder, and statements elicited through "cruel, inhuman, or degrading interrogation methods" will be banned.
military base in Guantanamo, Cuba after making several rule changes, including barring statements obtained under harsh interrogation and making it more difficult to use hearsay evidence.
Defending solicitor Gary Harvey said Miss Nicholas had refused to give evidence and to rely on hearsay evidence as the basis for a prosecution was not good enough.
The rules will be stacked in the government's favor, so hearsay evidence that would not be allowed in civilian courts may be allowed.
It is true that hearsay evidence can be admitted in administrative hearings, but it has limited usefulness for the offering party.