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Are paper copies of emails admissible in courts of law ple

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Are paper copies of emails admissible in courts of law please?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
My name isXXXXX and I'm happy to help with your question today.

Printed e-mails are admissible as evidence.

The rules of admissibility vary between civil and criminal law but generally if the e-mail is produced as an exhibit to a witness statementhen it could be used in court. In some circumstances the e-mail could be automatically admissible if, for example, it is produced as a business document.

The Civil and Criminal Procedure Rules deal with admissibility.

Alex
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you Alex. I think that I should have made myself a little clearer. I am in dispute with a supplier and I have copies of emails as evidence. However, the paper copies stand alone as the original emails were removed from my computer. I ask the question as I know that some types of computer generated evidence is not allowed in courts. Does your answer still stand please?

Many thanks

Ron barnes
Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
Yes.

You can adduce the evidence in support of your case.

If the other party disputes the evidence they can apply yo exclude it.

However, the starting point is that there is no bar to relying on these e-mails as evidence in your case.

If there is opposition to the e-mails the court will decide whether they are admissible or not.

Hope this helps. Happy to discuss further if required.

Alex

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