evidence

Character Witness

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA person who testifies in court on behalf of another as to that person's positive character traits and the person's reputation in the community. Such testimony is often offered when the person's honesty...

Circumstantial Evidence

Evidence that implies a person committed a crime, (for example, the person was seen running away from the crime scene). There must be a lot of circumstantial evidence accumulated to have real weight. Compare to direct evidence.

Civil Forfeiture

Overview

Civil forfeiture occurs when the government seizes property under suspicion of its involvement in illegal activity. Such a proceeding is conducted in rem, or against the property itself, rather than in personam, or against the owner of the...

Clear and Convincing Evidence

Definition

According to the Supreme Court in Colorado v. New Mexico, 467 U.S. 310 (1984), "clear and convincing” means that the evidence is highly and substantially more likely to be true than untrue; the fact finder must be convinced that the...

Comment

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA statement made by a judge or attorney during a trial that's based on an alleged but as-yet unproven fact. The lawyer for the other side may object, and the judge may remind the jury (if a jury is...

Competence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) The state of being able or qualified to do something -- for example, make a will or testify in court. 2) Authority, authenticity, or admissibility, as in "the competence of the evidence."

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Competent

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Able to act in the circumstances, including the ability to perform a job or occupation, or to reason or make decisions. 2) In wills, trusts, and contracts, sufficiently mentally able to understand and...

Competent Evidence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLegally admissible evidence. Competent evidence tends to prove the matter in dispute. In a murder trial, for example, competent evidence might include the murder weapon with the defendant's fingerprints...

Competent Witness

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA person who is legally qualified to testify as a witness. Legal qualification may depend on the witness's age, mental capacity, and relationship to the matter at issue.

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Complete Integration

Something that fully expresses the intent of the parties. Thus, an oral discussion or written document is a complete integration if it captures the full agreement between the parties on some subject matter. In contract disputes, parol evidence is...

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