opinion evidence

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Evidence of the opinions or beliefs of a witness, as opposed to evidence of facts about which he can give admissible evidence. At common law, under the opinion rule, opinion evidence is in general inadmissible; however, this rule is subject to many exceptions, so that a witness of fact may give evidence of identity, as well as evidence of matters of impression and narrative. Expert witnesses may give their opinions on any matter falling within their expertise that falls outside the experience and knowledge of the court. See also hearsay evidence.

Subjects: Law.

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