fresh complaint rule

Definition of "fresh complaint rule"
  1. A guideline in law stating that the evidence report provided by an individual to whom a victim of a sexual offense has recently articulated their experience is considered valid to support the victim's own account in court
How to use "fresh complaint rule" in a sentence
  1. The fresh complaint rule was applied in court to strengthen Jane's case by admitting the statement of her friend, to whom Jane had shared her ordeal immediately.
  2. Under the fresh complaint rule, the account of the incident that a sexual assault victim relayed to a bystander shortly after the event was considered as corroboration of the victim's own testimony.
  3. Owing to the fresh complaint rule, the testimony of the neighbor to whom the abuse was first reported was considered valid to reinforce the victim's presented case.

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