EVIDENCE WITH REDACTED MATERIAL
This post will answer the following legal questions about evidence with redacted material:
In a court of law, what is redacted material?
Sometimes in a court of law, censored documents are presented to the court and/or jury. These censored documents usually have black markings concealing certain words or sentences. They are called redactions.
Why do courts redact certain documents?
Redactions are used to conceal irrelevant information to the case in question in documents presented to courts. The court does this to ensure that the evidence presented to the court is presented in a fair manner.
Jurors are NOT allowed to speculate about what the irrelevant information is. They are forbidden to engage in any guesswork or speculation about what has been excluded from their view. Jurors are only allowed to decide the facts from the evidence before them.
Ideally, jurors will receive photocopied versions of redacted documents so they cannot read what is redacted by holding the paper or papers up to a light source.
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