We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Hearsay?

Mary McMahon
Updated Feb 05, 2024
Our promise to you
LanguageHumanities is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In common English, the term “hearsay” is used to refer to rumors and unsubstantiated information. In the legal community, this term has a specific meaning. It refers to evidence obtained through a second-hand source. Hearsay evidence is often not admissible in court, and there are strict rules about when such evidence will be allowed, which vary from nation to nation. If you've ever watched a legal drama and seen one of the lawyers leap up to say “objection: that's hearsay,” now you know what he or she was referring to.

Both senses have to do with getting information which cannot be verified from second or even third hand sources. A classic example of hearsay would be something like “my cousin saw the crime.” In this case, the cousin might well have seen the crime, but unless the cousin can be brought to court to testify, this evidence is treated as hearsay because it has not been verified by the person who actually witnessed the crime.

Many nations distinguish between the use of hearsay in criminal and civil trials. Criminal trials often have much stricter rules about the admission of evidence since the outcome of the trial could potentially be much more serious. In some countries, hearsay is allowed in civil trials, but not in criminal trials. This is designed to protect people who are defending themselves against charges of very serious crimes like murder.

Certain types of hearsay are admissible. For example, a birth certificate is technically an example of hearsay since it is a second-hand piece of information documenting someone's birth. However, it is treated as admissible evidence because it is a legal document and it may be difficult to track down the officials who were present at the birth. Other vital statistics and public records are also admissible as hearsay exceptions in nations where hearsay is not allowed at trial. Most nations have a clear list of exceptions to the hearsay rule which can be used to determine whether or not evidence is admissible.

Before a witness testifies in a trial, he or she usually meets with a lawyer who will walk the witness through what he or she can expect on the stand. The lawyer may discuss hearsay laws with the witness to make sure that he or she does not accidentally violate the hearsay rules. For example, if a doctor was subpoenaed to testify, he or she could repeat statements made in the process of arriving at a medical diagnosis, such as “I ate at [restaurant] and then felt ill,” but an average citizen would not be able to repeat such statements, because they would be considered hearsay from someone who was not a doctor.

LanguageHumanities is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a LanguageHumanities researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By anon353352 — On Oct 29, 2013

The evidence can be used to show fraud in her allegation.

By anon281760 — On Jul 25, 2012

Someone I know had his motorcycle tampered with, his truck stolen and his house trashed by his ex-girlfriend. She gets arrested for stealing the truck but nothing else. Then she asks him to come to her house. He does, then she calls the cops and says he tried to rape her. He gets arrested and is now in jail. While all this was going on he posts these things on facebook. Is that admissible in court as documentation in his defense?

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being...

Read more
LanguageHumanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

LanguageHumanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.