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Chapter 2 – Rules of Evidence Table of Contents

Chapter 2

RULES OF EVIDENCE



TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Ethics 6, 7                                                                                                              147

 

2.01 Introduction to the Rules of Evidence                                                     149   

 

2.02        Key Terms                                                                                             152

 

2.03 Admissibility of Evidence                                                                         153

 

2.04        Witness Testimony                                                                            154

 

                A. Competency                                                                                    154

                B. Privilege                                                                                          154

                1. Husband and Wife                                                                          154

                2. Attorney and Client                                                                       155

                3. Clergy and Parishioner                                                               156

                4. Physician and Patient                                                                   156

                5. Other Privileges                                                                            156

                6. The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination                               161

 

2.05        Cross-Examination of Witnesses                                                   168

 

2.06        Witness Memory                                                                               168

                A. Present Recollection Revived                                                     168

                B. Past Recollection Recorded                                                        168

 

2.07       Credibility of Witnesses                                                                   169

                A. Inconsistent Testimony                                                                169

                B. Showing of Bias, Interest, or Corruption                                169

                C. Insanity, Drunkenness, etc                                                         169

                D. Attack on Character                                                                     169

                1. Proving Bad Character (Veracity)                                              170

                2. Proof of Commission of  a Specific Crime                                170

 

2.08        Expert Opinions                                                                                  171

                A. Qualification of Expert Witness                                                172

                B. Showing the Basis for the Opinion                                           172

 

2.09         Polygraph Evidence                                                                           172

 

2.10        Hearsay and Exceptions                                                                     175

                A. The Res Gestae Doctrine                                                              176

                B. Extra Judicial Admissions                                                            177

                C. Confessions in Criminal Cases                                                   177

                D. Statements Against Interest                                                         177

                E. Reported Testimony                                                                         177

                F. Dying Declarations                                                                          177

                G. Official Records                                                                              178

                H. Admissions and Confessions                                                        178

 

2.11       Circumstantial Evidence                                                                      180

 

2.12        Prior Similar Acts                                                                               180

 

2.13        Real Evidence                                                                                        182

 

2.14        Crime Scene                                                                                         182

 

2.15        The Child as a Witness                                                                      183

 

2.16        Burden of Proof and Probable Cause                                               185

 

Florida Evidence Code                                                                                          187