best evidence rule

Definition of "best evidence rule"
  1. A principle requiring the original copy of a document, photograph, or recording to be presented as proof in a trial, permitting its imitation only when the original cannot be secured
How to use "best evidence rule" in a sentence
  1. Under the best evidence rule, the court insisted upon the original contract as evidence.
  2. Because of the best evidence rule, they had to track down the original email correspondence.
  3. The best evidence rule prompted them to produce the original photograph in the trial.

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