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Evidence: Best Evidence Rule

Guide to Evidence

The "Best Evidence Rule" refers to the requirement that where some form of documentary evidence (including recordings and photographs) is sought to be admitted, the original evidence should be admitted.  The rule is intended to protect against fraud, alteration, degradation of quality when making copies, and other concerns with authentication.  As with any rule of evidence, there are exceptions.

Rules of Evidence

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