best-evidence rule

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A rule, formerly of central importance, requiring that a party must call the best evidence that the nature of the case will allow. At common law an aspect of the best evidence rule required a party relying on the contents of a document at trial to produce the original document. This aspect of the rule is now of diminished importance, although under the Civil Procedure Rules original documents should be made available for inspection by the other parties before the hearing and by the judge at the hearing.

Subjects: Law.

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