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Inadmissible Evidence

Definition - What does Inadmissible Evidence mean?

Inadmissible evidence is any document, testimony, or exhibit that cannot be presented to a jury or judge in a court case. While deciding upon the admissibility of evidence, a judge generally looks for three criterions that the evidence must meet. It must be relevant to the case, must be reliable, and shouldn't be overly prejudiced.

Justipedia explains Inadmissible Evidence

Evidence is crucial. It is the most important factor on which a jury or judge relies upon while rendering judgment in a court case. Testimony, exhibits, or documents which cannot be presented to a judge or jury because it fails to meet criteria of admissibility is considered inadmissible evidence.

Although the criteria for admissibility differs according to the jurisdiction, generally a judge looks for three criterions that evidence must meet in order to be admissible:

1. The evidence must be relevant to the case;

2. The evidence must be reliable; and

3. The prejudicial value of the evidence must not outweigh its probative value.

If an evidence fails to meet any of the criterions mentioned above, it's deemed inadmissible evidence by the judge. Rules of Evidence also determines what evidence can and cannot be admitted in a court of law. Hearsay is one of the best known examples of inadmissible evidence.

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