Self-Authentication of Certified Copies of Business Records

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Lynn McLain

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: Fall 1994

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

McLain, Lynn, Self-Authentication of Certified Copies of Business Records (Fall 1994). University of Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 24, 1994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1162250

Lynn McLain (Contact Author)

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