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DETERMINING ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE

From MN Bench Book - Trial Procedures & Practices for Judges

DETERMINING ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE

THE RULES OF EVIDENCE DO NOT APPLY TO THE PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF THE ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE OTHER THAN THE RULES LIMITING THE ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE BASED ON PRIVILEGE.

1. Preliminary questions concerning;

The admissibility of evidence,
The qualification of a person to be a witness, or
The existence of a privilege
shall be determined by the court, subject to the provisions of subdivision 104(b)(conditional relevancy). [1]

2. IN MAKING ITS DETERMINATION OF ADMISSIBILITY THE COURT IS NOT BOUND BY THE RULES OF EVIDENCE EXCEPT THOSE WITH RESPECT TO PRIVILEGES. [2]

3. Evidentiary rulings on materiality, foundation, remoteness, relevancy, or the cumulative nature of the evidence are committed to the sound discretion of the court and will be the basis for reversal only where that discretion has been clearly abused. [3]




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  1. Fed.R.Evid. 104(a)
  2. Id.
  3. Barna v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety, 508 N.W.2d 220, 221 (Minn. App. 1993).