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Evidence: A Functional Meaning, Lyman R. Patterson Jun 1965

Evidence: A Functional Meaning, Lyman R. Patterson

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A trial always involves two basic problems-the problem of ascertaining the truth of the matter in issue, and the problem of re-solving a dispute. The former can be characterized as the probative problem, arising from the problem of proving, and the latter as the forensic problem, arising from the procedural problem of proving-in-a-trial. The probative problem is a problem of evidence in that it is the problem of using evidence to ascertain the truth by "the ratiocinative process of continuous persuasion."' The forensic problem is a problem of the admissibility of evidence, and it is the forensic problem which has …


A Symposium On Evidence -- Foreward, Orie L. Phillips Apr 1952

A Symposium On Evidence -- Foreward, Orie L. Phillips

Vanderbilt Law Review

This is the fifth in a series of symposia published by the Vanderbilt Law Review on important legal subjects. This symposium covers a number of selected subjects in the field of Evidence. The privilege accorded me of writing this foreword affords me the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation of this excellent symposium and the confident hope that it will be most helpful to students, judges and practicing lawyers.

The term "Evidence" imports the means by which any alleged matter of fact, the truth of which is submitted to investigation, is established or disproved.' It embraces the rules of law …