INTRODUCTION: In theory if not in fact, the purpose of a trial in the American legal tradition is to discern the truth related to a particular dispute. Although scholars have debated how well the adversary system actually promotes fair and accurate outcomes, this truth-seeking paradigm remains generally well-accepted. To ascertain the truth, information must be presented to the triers of fact for their consideration. The law of evidence thus provides the rules for introducing and considering such information in the adversary system.
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