What Does It Mean For Evidence To Be Inadmissible?

n legal terms, when evidence is described as “inadmissible,” it means that it cannot be presented or considered by the judge or jury in a court proceeding. This could be due to various reasons, including:

  • The evidence was obtained illegally, for example, without a proper search warrant or consent in violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment rights.
  • The evidence is not relevant to the case at hand.
  • The evidence is considered hearsay (a statement made outside of court presented for the truth of the matter it asserts), which is generally not admissible unless it fits within an established exception.
  • The evidence could be prejudicial, meaning it might unfairly sway the judge or jury based on factors not related to the facts of the case.

Rules regarding the admissibility of evidence can vary between jurisdictions and types of court proceedings, but they are typically outlined in detail in rules of evidence or procedure for the given jurisdiction.