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Judicial notice is governed by federal and state rules of evidence. Under these rules a judge may, on his own initiative or at the request of a party, instruct the finder of fact to accept information as conclusively true. Due to this power, its scope is limited and generally reserved to facts that can be easily referenced and conclusively proven or disproven.
Rules of Evidence
Federal Rule 201
Rule 201 of the Federal Rules of Evidence governs judicial notice for federal courts.
Illinois Rule 201
Illinois state court version of Federal Rule 201 governs judicial notice in state courts.
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