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Learn about the process by which items of evidence are shown to be genuine, including a discussion of the available methods and an overview of self-authenticating evidence.


In a courtroom, evidence offered by a party must be genuine and truthful. You’ve already seen how witnesses must take an oath to testify truthfully before they may provide any evidence through their testimony. But what happens when a party offers an item of evidence as an exhibit, such as an object or recording? After all, a photograph can’t take an oath to testify truthfully, and a murder weapon can’t speak for itself. Today, you’ll be learning about authentication, the process by which...