Evidentiary Foundations

Evidentiary Foundations provides sample lines of questioning that demonstrate how to lay the foundation for admitting various kinds of evidence. It also includes a brief discussion of the underlying legal principles, based on modern common law and the applicable Federal Rules of Evidence.
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Edward Imwinkelried's Evidentiary Foundations has sold more than 125,000 copies in its publication life. This time-tested evidence treatise covers all the major evidentiary doctrines, and includes expert analysis of statutory developments along with discussions of the presentation of hard copy exhibits in court using document cameras and the presentation of digital exhibits using monitors or projection screens. Detailed explanations of evidence principles include:

• A brief description of the pertinent Federal Rules of Evidence and the most recent leading cases construing the Rules
• A list of foundational elements-the events and facts you need to lay a complete foundation
• An illustrative foundation showing how each question relates to a particular element of the foundation

In light of advancing technology, the Eleventh Edition includes a new subsection on the authentication of printouts of records maintained on a blockchain. This edition also introduces new coverage on the doctrine of objective chances and the December 2019 amendment to Rule 807 (residual hearsay exception).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Related Procedures

Chapter 3. The Competency of Witnesses

Chapter 4. Authentication

Chapter 5. Rule 403 and Legal Relevance Limitations on Credibility Evidence

Chapter 6. Legal Relevance Limitations on Evidence That Is Relevant to the Historical Merits of the Case

Chapter 7. Privileges and Similar Doctrines

Chapter 8. The Best Evidence Rule

Chapter 9. Opinion Evidence

Chapter 10. The Hearsay Rule, Its Exemptions, and Its Exceptions

Chapter 11. Substitutes for Evidence