Is a written statement admissable in court as long as it has been notarized?

Asked on December 13, 2011 under Criminal Law, Mississippi

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Notarization has no impact on admissibility. A written statement is admissible if it is the statement of a person testifying, and that person can him/herself authenticate it in court; or if it is not the statement of a person testifying, if it meets one or more of the recognized exceptions to the heresay rule, such as the business records exception, admission against interest, or contemporaneous sense impression.


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