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Non-Hearsay Exemptions

Non-Hearsay Exemptions

Learn the specific types of out-of-court statements that have been excluded from the definition of hearsay and thus classified as non-hearsay exemptions.


In evidence law, hearsay is an out-of-court statement offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted. Typically, hearsay is inadmissible in courts under the rule against hearsay. However, the Federal Rules of Evidence exempt certain types of out-of-court statements from the rule against hearsay, by redefining such statements as non-hearsay. Today, you’ll be learning about these non-hearsay exemptions and when they may be admissible in court.

To guide our discussion, we’ll focus on Rule...