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    Federal Evidence Review

    Federal Evidence Review

    Effective December 1, 2011

    New Restyled Federal Rules of Evidence

    (Effective Dec. 1, 2011)

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    Federal Rules of Evidence FEDERALEVIDENCEREVIEW 2012

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    FEDERALRULESOFEVIDENCEINDEX

    Restyled Rules Features: ..........................................................................................................................................2

    Restyling the Federal Rules Of Evidence .............................................................................................................10

    Federal Evidence Cross-Links. Coming Soon ................................................................................................... 11

    Subscribe Now To The FEDERALEVIDENCEREVIEW ...............................................................................................12

    Effective Date:: .........................................................................................................................................................13

    Article I. General ProvisionsRule 101. Scope; Denitions ...................................................................................................................................14

    (a) Scope. ............................................................................................................................................................14

    (b) Denitions.....................................................................................................................................................14

    Rule 102. Purpose....................................................................................................................................................14

    Rule 103. Rulings on Evidence ...............................................................................................................................14

    (a) Preserving a Claim of Error. .........................................................................................................................14

    (b) Not Needing to Renew an Objection or Offer of Proof. ...............................................................................14

    (c) Courts Statement About the Ruling; Directing an Offer of Proof. ..............................................................14(d) Preventing the Jury from Hearing Inadmissible Evidence. ..........................................................................15

    (e) Taking Notice of Plain Error. ........................................................................................................................15

    Rule 104. Preliminary Questions ...........................................................................................................................15

    (a) In General......................................................................................................................................................15

    (b) Relevance That Depends on a Fact. ..............................................................................................................15

    (c) Conducting a Hearing So That the Jury Cannot Hear It. ..............................................................................15

    (d) Cross-Examining a Defendant in a Criminal Case. ......................................................................................15

    (e) Evidence Relevant to Weight and Credibility. ..............................................................................................15

    Rule 105. Limiting Evidence That Is Not Admissible Against Other Parties or for Other Purposes ............15

    Rule 106. Remainder of or Related Writings or Recorded Statements ............................................................16

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    Article II. Judicial NoticeRule 201. Judicial Notice of Adjudicative Facts ..................................................................................................16

    (a) Scope. ............................................................................................................................................................16

    (b) Kinds of Facts That May Be Judicially Noticed. ..........................................................................................16

    (c) Taking Notice. ...............................................................................................................................................16

    (d) Timing. ..........................................................................................................................................................16(e) Opportunity to Be Heard. ..............................................................................................................................16

    (f) Instructing the Jury. .......................................................................................................................................16

    Article III. Presumptions In Civil CasesRule 301. Presumptions in Civil Actions Generally ............................................................................................17

    Rule 302. Applying State Law to Presumptions in Civil Cases ...........................................................................17

    Article IV. Relevance And Its LimitsRule 401. Test for Relevant Evidence.........................................................................................................17

    Rule 402. General Admissibility of Relevant Evidence ...................................................................................... 17

    Rule 403. Excluding Relevant Evidence for Prejudice, Confusion, Waste of Time, or Other Reasons .........18

    Rule 404. Character Evidence; Crimes or Other Acts.........................................................................................18

    (a) Character Evidence. ......................................................................................................................................18

    (1) Prohibited Uses. ............................................................................................................................................18

    (2) Exceptions for a Defendant or Victim in a Criminal Case. ..........................................................................18

    (3) Exceptions for a Witness. .............................................................................................................................18

    (b) Crimes, Wrongs, or Other Acts. .................................................................