criminal law and procedure

After-discovered evidence

Definition

In a civil or criminal case, evidence that existed at the time of a motion or trial but that could not have been discovered with reasonable diligence prior to a court ruling upon the motion or the trial's completion. Upon later discovery, a losing party may assert after-discovered evidence, a.k.a. newly discovered evidence, as grounds for a court to reconsider a motion or order a new trial. 

 

 

Admit

Definition

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.

 

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