lay a foundation

Definition of "lay a foundation"
  1. The process of proving to a judge that a piece of evidence is authentic and trustworthy and thus meets the legal requirements for introduction in a case
How to use "lay a foundation" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer took the time to properly lay a foundation before introducing the email chain as evidence.
  2. The prosecution failed to lay a foundation for the video evidence, thus it was excluded from the case.
  3. To lay a foundation for the recorded phone call, the detective explained how and when it was obtained.

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