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judicial notice :: legal definition

Judicial notice - n. the authority of a judge to accept as facts certain matters which are of common knowledge from sources which guarantee accuracy or are a matter of official record, without the need for evidence establishing the fact. Examples of matters given judicial notice are public and court records, tides, times of sunset and sunrise, government rainfall and temperature records, known historic events or the fact that ice melts in the sun.

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burden of proof :: n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party b ... ence prima facie weight of evidence
evidence :: n. every type of proof legally presented at trial ... material object objection relevant
hearing :: n. any proceeding before a judge or other magistra ... e hearing preliminary hearing trial
hearsay rule :: n. the basic rule that testimony or documents whic ... interest dying declaration hearsay
inference :: n. a rule of logic applied to evidence in a trial, ... . See also: circumstantial evidence
lis pendens :: (lease pen-dense) n. Latin for "a suit pending," a ... ob can be penalized by court order.
matter of record :: n. anything, including testimony, evidence, ruling ... cussions not written down or taped.
proof :: n. confirmation of a fact by evidence. In a trial, ... doubt preponderance of the evidence
quiet title action :: n. a lawsuit to establish a party's title to real ... opposition. See also: notice title
record :: 1) v. (ree-cored) to put a document into the offic ... eeding race to the courthouse trial
ultimate fact :: n. in a trial, a conclusion of fact which is logic ... is not evidence. See also: evidence

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Jane Doe :: n. 1) a fictitious name used for a possible female ... lso: fictitious defendants John Doe
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