1) To state that a certain fact is true. 2) In a civil case, to state that a plaintiff's allegation is true. If a defendant admits an allegation, the plaintiff need not prove it at trial. 3) In a criminal case, to state that a certain fact is true or to acknowledge guilt. 4) At trial, to allow, inter alia, testamentary or documentary evidence to come in for a judge or jury to consider in reaching a decision.
See, e.g. Ohler v. U.S., 529 U.S. 753 (2000) (admitting evidence) and Burley v. German-American Bank, 111 U.S. 216 (1884) (admitting an allegation).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
To state something is true. 1) In civil cases, the defendants will admit or deny each allegation in their answers filed with the court. When the defendant admits an allegation, that claim need not be proved in trial. 2) In criminal law, to agree that a fact is true or to confess guilt. 3) To allow something to come in as evidence in a trial, as when the judge rules, "Exhiibit D, plaintiff's letter, is admitted into evidence."
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:10 pm