Existing Citations

  • best evidence (p.12): Courts applied this Best Evidence Rule with an understanding of the central position that the written word occupies in the law and the knowledge that “a slight variation of words may mean a great difference in rights.” The requirement that the proponent of a document produce an original or account for its nonproduction was thus an effort to ensure that a party's substantive rights were not affected by the possibility of fraud or errors of human transcription and memory attendant in handwritten copies and testimony. (†1418)