best evidence rule
best evidence rule n: a rule of evidence: in order to prove what is said or pictured in a writing, recording, or photograph the original must be provided unless the original is lost, destroyed, or otherwise unobtainable – called also original writing rule;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

best evidence rule
n.
A rule requiring that the best and most reliable evidence be presented at trial instead of less reliable evidence; thus, if the original version of a document or photograph is available, it should be presented instead of a copy.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


best evidence rule
the rule that evidence will be admitted provided it is the best the nature of the case will allow and, conversely, that it will be excluded, whatever its other merits, if it is shown not to be the best. There are many exceptions to the rule. See computer evidence, hearsay.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


best evidence rule
A rule of evidence that demands that the original of any document, photograph, or recording be used as evidence at trial, rather than a copy. A copy will be allowed into evidence only if the original is unavailable.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


best evidence rule
n. The rule that, to prove the contents of a writing, recording, or photograph, the original is required unless it is not available for some reason other than the serious fault of the party trying to prove the contents thereof. If the original is unavailable, the testimony of the person who created the original or the person who read it (if a writing), listened to it (if a recording), or saw it (if a photograph) may testify to its content. However, modern evidentiary rules usually permit the use of mechanical, electronic, or other similar copy instead of the original.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

best evidence rule
n.
   the legal doctrine that an original piece of evidence, particularly a document, is superior to a copy. If the original is available, a copy will not be allowed as evidence in a trial.
   See also: evidence

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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