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RECENT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE RECENT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE

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RECENT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RULES OF EVIDENCE

The Federal Rules of Evidence are a number of principles that administers the presentation of proof at common and criminal preliminaries in United States government preliminary courts. The present standards were at first gone by Congress in 1975, following quite a long while of drafting by the Supreme Court. The principles are clear and generally short, contrasted with different arrangements of court rules, for example, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

RECENT AMENDMENT to Rule 807. Residual Exception

(a) In General. Under the following conditions, a hearsay statement is not excluded by the rule against hearsay even if the statement is not admissible under a hearsay exception in Rule 803 or 804:

(1) the statement is supported by sufficient guarantees of trustworthiness—after considering the totality of circumstances under which it was made and evidence, if any, corroborating the statement; and

(2) it is more probative on the point for which it is offered than any other evidence that the proponent can obtain through reasonable efforts.

(b) Notice. The statement is admissible only if the proponent gives an adverse party reasonable notice of the intent to offer the statement—including its substance and the declarant’s name—so that the party has a fair opportunity to meet it. The notice must be provided in writing before the trial or hearing—or in any form during the trial or hearing if the court, for good cause, excuses a lack of earlier notice


PREVIOUS Rule 807. Residual Exception

  1. IN GENERAL. Under the following circumstances, a hearsay statement is not excluded by the rule against hearsay even if the statement is not specifically covered by a hearsay exception in Rule 803 or 804:

 (1) the statement has equivalent circumstantial guarantees of trustworthiness;

(2) it is offered as evidence of a material fact;

(3) it is more probative on the point for which it is offered than any other evidence that the proponent can obtain through reasonable efforts; and

(4) admitting it will best serve the purposes of these rules and the interests of justice.

(b) NOTICE. The statement is admissible only if, before the trial or hearing, the proponent gives an adverse party reasonable notice of the intent to offer the statement and its particulars, including the declarant’s name and address, so that the party has a fair opportunity to meet it.

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