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Evidence: Introduction to Evidence
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This article gives an overview of the Rules of evidence, i.e. the rules by which a court determines what evidence is admissible at trial.

  • Video ~ Evidence 1 -- Introduction
This voice narrated slideshow provides an introduction to the Rules of Evidence in U.S. Federal Courts.

PDF slides for the learning material titled: "Video ~ Evidence 1 -- Introduction".

  • Video ~ The Concepts and Rules of Evidence

  • Video ~ The Rules of Evidence ~ Dramatized, Part 1

  • Video ~ The Rules of Evidence ~ Dramatized, Part 2

  • Video ~ Spoiliation & Duty to Preserve Evidence
What is spoliation? This video discusses the obligation to preserve evidence in a civil litigation.

When a lawyer says "objection" during court, he is telling the judge that he thinks his opponent violated a rule of procedure. A judge can rule one of two ways: she can either "overrule" the objection or "sustain" it. When an objection is overruled it means that the evidence is properly admitted to the court, and the trial can proceed. When an objection is sustained, the lawyer must rephrase the question or otherwise address the issue with the evidence to ensure that the jury only hears properly admitted evidence.

“Burden of Production” refers to a party's obligation to come forward with sufficient evidence to support a particular proposition of fact.

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