Self-Authentication of Certified Copies of Business Records
59 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2008
Date Written: Fall 1994
In adopting Maryland Rule 5-902(a)(11), the Court of Appeals of Maryland created a new method of authenticating business records, an alternative available in addition to the traditional means followed at common law and still permissible under the Rules. The Rule provides that certified copies or certified originals of business records are self-authenticating. Although the Maryland Rule has no counterpart in the Federal Rules of Evidence, it is modeled on an August 1986 amendment to the Uniform Rules of Evidence that in turn was derived from a federal statute. This Article will examine Maryland Rule 5-902(a)(11), its "legislative" history, and the issues that are likely to arise under it.
Keywords: court rules, Maryland, business records, authentication, evidence
JEL Classification: K10
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