Layman’s Guide to the Rules of Evidence
By Leonard C. Goodman
If you ever find yourself in a courtroom representing yourself without a lawyer, this short guide will teach you the basic rules of the road and give you a chance to make your case.
In a court of law, it means little to be right if you cannot prove your case. That means you must present admissible evidence to persuade the trier of fact (judge or jury). Usually this is done through the testimony of live witnesses or the introduction of physical evidence. Here’s how it’s done.