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Missouri Judicial Notice

42 Pages Posted: 3 May 2011  

William A. Schroeder

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - School of Law

Date Written: 1983


The apparent decrease in new facts noticed by Missouri courts may indicate a tendency to notice only adjudicative facts that are clearly common knowledge or readily ascertainable by reference to authoritative sources. Despite statements that judicial notice must be exercised cautiously and confined to facts that are notorious, Missouri courts have expanded common knowledge to include a variety of facts that are not very well known. Noticing facts not commonly known but capable of verification promotes accuracy and expediency, both goals of a system of judicial notice, but presents a problem in determining the degree of certainty required before notice may be taken.

Keywords: judicial notice, evidence, criminal law

Suggested Citation

Schroeder, William A., Missouri Judicial Notice (1983). Missouri Law Review, Vol. 48, p. 893, 1983. Available at SSRN:

William A. Schroeder (Contact Author)

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - School of Law ( email )

1150 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-6804
United States

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