Legal Word of the Day: “Contemporaneous”

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“Contemporaneous” — Taking place at the same time as another occurrence; at or near the time of an event. It is a factor to consider in hearsay exceptions.

Related case law:

R. v. West, 2001 CanLII 28424 (ON SC)

Issue: Can a dead forensic scientist’s notes be admitted into evidence?

“The principled approach to hearsay is not bound by the strictures of the Canada Evidence Act as it has been recognized in s.36 of the Act that the statutory exceptions are in addition to, not in derogation of, any power to prove documents existing at law.”

Suggested by: Carrie-Lynn Barkley, paralegal instructor

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