silent witness theory
- In the realm of evidence law, the silent witness theory refers to the doctrine that allows photographic proofs, such as pictures or video recordings, to be accepted as substantial evidence of the object or scene they depict without requiring an actual witness to confirm its correctness
- During the trial, the prosecution used the silent witness theory to admit security footage into evidence.
- In the absence of eyewitnesses, the silent witness theory was invoked to accept the traffic camera photo as proof.
- The defense objected to the use of the silent witness theory, arguing that the video evidence was not reliable.