Filed Under: Criminal Law; Evidence

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).

A statement made by a person who is not a witness that is repeated by a witness in court in order to establish the truth of a statement. In general, a witness in a criminal trial cannot give “hearsay testimony,” that is, testify about something that another person (the declarant) told the witness. There are a number of exceptions to the hearsay rule and it is generally not applied at bail or sentencing hearings.


Indirect knowledge learned from what someone else said or told another person.

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