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Evaluating Evidence

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After all information is gathered, the paralegal must properly evaluate his/her findings to ensure clarity, accuracy, and cohesion. The paralegal or legal assistant must respect evidence law and acknowledge the varying forms of information available. During the investigation a paralegal will encounter numerous forms of evidence types. To following list will document the varying forms of evidence law.

Direct Evidence: any evidence that establishes the fact of truth in a case

Circumstantial Evidence: indirect evidence that does not establish the fact regardless if believed or not. Only identifies the likelihood of fact.

Relevant Evidence: evidence that either proves or disproves the fact in question

Authentication Evidence: the process of fortifying an item that is to be introduced as evidence during the trial.

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