Introduction Of Exhibits
What are exhibits?
Exhibits are anything other than testimony that can be perceived by the senses and presented at the trial or hearing. Exhibits include:
• Real evidence — items you can hold in your hand, such as clothing, weapons, broken shovels etc.
• Demonstrative evidence — evidence that represents or illustrates the real thing such as photos, videos, diagrams, maps, charts
• Records — government or business writings or records, business record exception, hospital records, police reports, payment records
• Writings — evidence other than records that are in writing such as letters, receipts, contracts, promissory notes
What does "laying a proper foundation" mean?
Foundations: Before an exhibit can be offered into evidence in court, a proper foundation must be set forth. We will show the four types of exhibits and how to introduce each properly into evidence.
Moderator: Hon. James G. Clynes, New York County Criminal Court
Laurie Vahey, Esq., Vahey Muldoon Reston Getz, LLP
Carol K. Morgan, Esq., Law Offices of Carol K. Morgan
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