This is information provided in the form of documents or testimony and is used to persuade the jury/judge to find in favor of one party over the other.

There was not enough evidence to convict the defendant of the crime.

Synonyms: proof, confirmation, verification, substantiation, corroboration, affirmation, attestation

Exclusionary Rule

ex·clu·sion·ar·y rule

/ikˈsklo͞oZHəˌnerē ˌro͞ol/


This relates to evidence found to have been obtained in violation of a criminal defendant’s statutory and constitutional rights; such evidence is to be ‘excluded’ and is inadmissible in court.

Because the suppressed evidence was not the product of an illegal seizure, the exclusionary rule does not apply.

Synonyms: rule of evidence

* These terms are general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Different states may define terms differently. These terms are not designed to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek advice from an attorney licensed in your state who is familiar with how your jurisdiction defines key legal terms that are important in your particular matter.


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