Evidence in a Divorce Case

“Admissible evidence” may be a little redundant, since one of the definitions of evidence is “the documentary or oral statements and the material objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.” You see, “admissible” is part of the definition. For the most part, however, people tend to call all the material objects and testimony that is presented in a court of law, or that is collected by the police or investigators in connection with a trial or dispute, “evidence.” “Admissible evidence” simply means evidence that will be allowed into court.

There are numerous ways that evidence could be ruled inadmissible. For example, if you have watched any television shows dealing with the police, or detectives, or criminals, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Miranda warning, which begins “you have the right to remain silent.” This warning originated in a United States Supreme Court case, which said that unless someone is aware of his or her rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, he cannot waive those rights. If evidence is received in contravention of the Miranda warning, for example, if a suspect is not read the warning at all, any evidence that the police may find as a result of the suspect’s questioning is inadmissible.

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