Strike from the Record

Definition - What does Strike from the Record mean?

All formal hearings in court are transcribed or recorded. These transcriptions or recordings become the official record of the evidence, arguments and transactions that happen during a case.

To strike from the record is to remove information from the official transcripts of a court action. This information is typically removed after counsel makes a successful motion to strike.

Justipedia explains Strike from the Record

When a party to a lawsuit wants to remove information from official court records, the party asks the court to strike from the record that information.

In practical legal terms, if an argument or evidence is not preserved on the record, it is as if that argument or evidence never happened.

The record of a case is especially important at appeal, because appellate courts are usually restricted to making their decisions based on only the facts listed in the record. If a party has made a successful motion to strike a fact from the record, the appellate court cannot consider that fact.

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