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Meaning of Secondary Evidence
evidence that is inferior to primary or best evidence but which is admitted to be introduced as evidence in substitution for primary or best evidence in cases where the nonproduction of the primary evidence has been sufficiently accounted for. Thus, the primary or best evidence of the contents of a document is by the production of the document itself; however, where it is shown that the document has been lost or destroyed, secondary evidence of its contents is admissable. See United States v Pendell, 185 U.S. 189, 22 S.Ct. 624, 46 L.Ed. 866. It may also be admitted where it is established that primary evidence is outside of the jurisdiction of the court . Smith v Ward, (Ky.)256 S. W.2d 385; where the primary evidence is in the possession or control of adverse party . union Ins. Co. v Smith, 124 U.S. 405, 8 S.Ct. 534, 31 L.Ed. 497.
Secondary Evidence Alternative Definition
That species of proof which is admissible on the loss of primary evidence, and which becomes by that event the best evidence. 3 Bouv. Inst, note 3055. See “Evidence.”
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