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What is 'hearsay'?


A: That is a legal term used to describe statements made by someone who is not in court to tell us about what they heard. Why is hearsay not admissible in Court? Because an attorney does not have the benefit of actually questioning the person who made the statement. Without being able to cross-examine the person who made the statement, it would be very easy for someone to make up testimony, and nobody would ever know if the statements were true or not. Cross-examination allows an attorney to question the witness, and allows the jury to see and hear the person and how they answer the questions. Are they truthful? Are they shifty? Are they secretive? Are they hiding something? The only way to truly unravel this is to have the witness in court telling the jury what they heard themselves.