Sunday, April 28, 2013

MBE Fast Fact: The Rule of Completeness

The "Rule of Completeness" shows up on occasion on the MBE. The rule should be considered whenever a party introduces a writing (or recording) into evidence. Once that party has introduced any part of the writing, the adverse party may require the party to introduce any other part of that writing which in fairness ought to be considered along with the part that was introduced.

Another way to think about this rule is that the party that introduced a part of a document, merely by introducing it, has waived the right to object to introduction of other parts of that same document by the opposing party.

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