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. When the writer of these introductory lines (Walter Hartright by name) happens to be more closely connected than others with the incidents to be recorded, he will describe them in his own person.
Hearsay evidence is inadmissible because the person quoted was unsworn and is not before the court for examination; yet most momentous actions, military, political, commercial and of every other kind, are daily undertaken 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. On the other hand, she had influential connections.
But counsel to the government had urged the court to discountenance the submissions because it is speculative and hearsay evidence that cannot be admissible, adding that making such orders would amount to a denial of fair hearing to the other parties in the case.
Without any personal knowledge about their relationship, the court said that their testimonies about Covarrubias and Abarro are merely "hearsay evidence."
"Andreas Vgenopoulos' statements, which constitute hearsay evidence, could be accepted by the court, which will evaluate them at the end of the process and give them the equivalent or no gravity," Aristidis said.
Records from an interstate database of pseudoephedrine purchases fall within an exception to the rule against hearsay evidence, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression.
Where the Department of Labor and Training Board of Review found a discharged employee to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, that decision must be vacated and a remand ordered for consideration of hearsay evidence regarding the issue of misconduct.
When she challenged QD he allegedly stated: "You knew who I was, it was not going to change, and if you accept that we would be together." Defence lawyers centred on grounds of appeal on the admission of hearsay evidence from Jack's mother.
Although hearsay evidence is generally admissible in a revocation hearing, the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment guarantees a defendant in a revocation hearing some ability to cross-examine adverse witnesses.