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Evidence is the facts that support each party's versions of the events that are the basis of the trial. Evidence can include:

  • testimony
  • documents
  • photographs
  • official records
  • personal notes, diaries, correspondence
  • computer generated invoices, billings and statements

In fact, nearly anything can be evidence; however, it must be admissible. Admissible evidence is evidence that is both relevant and truthful or authentic. For instance, evidence concerning the sexual predilections of the homebuilder in a case against him for faulty building is probably not relevant. On the other hand, even if the information is relevant it cannot be admitted (or brought before the jury) unless there is a witness (such as an eyewitness) or documents that proves he engaged in the behavior firsthand. A person's secondhand version of events is hearsay and not admissible.