Documentary Evidence

Definition - What does Documentary Evidence mean?

Documentary evidence is evidence used in trials that takes the form of documents. This is opposed to oral or physical evidence. Examples of documentary evidence include contracts, deeds, letters, tickets, or any sort of document. Anything that is written down can be documentary evidence. Documentary evidence can be presented in a court of law to provide proof that a claim is true

Justipedia explains Documentary Evidence

During a trial, evidence is presented so that each party can try to show that what their claim is true. Evidence can be physical, such as a fingerprint on a car; it can be oral, such as a witness giving a testimony; or it can be documentary. The documentary form of evidence is basically just written material. This includes emails and text messages. Documents can often reveal a lot of information. For example, an email may reveal communications between two conspirators in a crime. The email could show that the two people communicated with each other and planned the crime. This could prove very useful information in a trial.

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