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Maryland's Adoption of a Code of Evidence

Lynn McLain

University of Baltimore - School of Law

July 12, 1994

This short paper discusses the history and implications (from a 1994 perspective) of the then newly adopted Maryland Rules of Evidence. "The result is a code of evidence that is organized and numbered almost identically to the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Uniform Rules of Evidence, so as to facilitate the location, as persuasive authority, of cases in federal and other state jurisdictions construing similar rules." The paper goes on to further explain the derivation of specific rules, and how provisions of the Maryland Rules differ from the Federal Rules, and why the state chose to differ. Also mentioned is how case law affected some differences.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Maryland Rules of Evidence, legal history, Uniform Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Evidence, persuasive authority, case law, codification, Rodowsky Subcommittee, Chief Judge Alan M. Wilner, Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals,

JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K49

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Date posted: July 11, 2010 ; Last revised: July 13, 2010

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McLain, Lynn, Maryland's Adoption of a Code of Evidence (July 12, 1994). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1636883

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Lynn McLain (Contact Author)
University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
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