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Types Of Evidence

    A. Real & Demonstrative Evidence:


    1. Generally:
    Real and demonstrative evidence are tangible types of evidence. Although the terms “real evidence” and “demonstrative evidence” are often used interchangeably, they can be readily distinguished.

    2. Real Evidence:
    Tangible evidence that relates to the core matter of the litigation is real evidence.

    3. Demonstrative Evidence:
    Tangible evidence that illustrates, explains or summarizes the position of the party that offers it into evidence, is demonstrative evidence.

    4. Examples:
    Consider a homicide trial in which the prosecution introduces the alleged murder weapon and a schematic drawing of the path the defendant allegedly followed to access the victim’s home. The murder weapon is real evidence; the schematic drawing is demonstrative evidence.

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