Evidence Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Evidence.

Evidence (noun): This term refers to any type of proof that is legally acceptable during a court trial, intended to convince the judge or jury of claims relevant to the case. Examples of evidence include oral testimonies (words spoken by witnesses), documents, public records, objects, photographs, and depositions (statements given under oath before the trial starts). Other forms of evidence also include "circumstantial evidence" – these are facts or situations that suggest a conclusion without directly confirming it. Please note, attorney comments, judge statements, or answers to rejected questions are not considered evidence. Tools like charts, maps, or models used to explain or demonstrate are not evidence in themselves but may be based on evidence. All evidence must meet certain requirements and can be challenged for being irrelevant, violates rules against hearsay, or other legal technicalities.