Direct Evidence

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Direct Evidence

Meaning of Direct Evidence

That means of proof which tends to show the existence of a fact in question , without the intervention of the proof of any other fact or presumption . The term is often used to distinguish same from circumstantial evidence which is the proof of facts and circumstances from which the existence of facts in issue may be inferred and which raise a logical inference as to their existence. See state v. Musgrove, (Mont.) 582 P.2d 1246.

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Direct Evidence in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Direct Evidence Legal Definition

Evidence that tends directly to prove or disprove a disputed fact, as distinguished from circumstantial evidence from which an inference can be drawn.

Translate Direct Evidence from English to Spanish

Translation of Direct Evidence , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Prueba directa and other legal terms is available here.

See also

Sworn testimony by a person that he or she saw the acts… (Read more)

Direct evidence in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of direct evidence.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Policeman
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Direct Evidence

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Direct Evidence : (original evidence)

1. A statement made by a witness in court offered as proof of the truth of any fact stated by him.

Compare hearsay evidence.

2. A statement of a witness that he perceived a fact in issue with one of his five senses or that he was in a particular physical or mental state.

Compare circumstantial evidence.

Meaning of Direct Evidence in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Direct Evidence published by the National Association for Court Management: Proof of facts by witnesses who saw acts done or heard words spoken.



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