Missouri Judicial Notice
William A. Schroeder
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - School of Law
Missouri Law Review, Vol. 48, p. 893, 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: judicial notice, evidence, criminal law
Date posted: May 3, 2011