The Rules of Evidence

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As your case advances in the Legal System, but it appears that a “hearing” is required because you and “the other” do not agree, that means a “contested hearing” or a trial, when evidence must be presented to the trier-of-fact, whether a Judge or Magistrate.  The Colo­rado Rules of Evidence then come into play, setting forth requirements for how and what docu­ments, expert testimony and lay testimony may be introduced and admitted into evidence and consid­ered by the Judge or Magistrate.

The Court does not generally consider opinions or conclusions that are not supported by solid relevant facts with proper foundation for admission.  How those facts are pre­sented, by the admissible testimony of your witnesses and by you, and by the admission of those ex­hibits, is criti­cal if your case must go before a Judge or Magistrate for a contested trial or contested hearing.

Furthermore, by the end of the contested hearing or trial, the admissible evidence presented, by witnesses and exhibits, must support the relief that you are seeking: the relevant Substantive Law has elements or factors, and these must be addressed and proven by the evi­dence, and furthermore must meet your burden of proof.  Yes, it is all interrelated!  This is law.

A complete discussion of the evidential rules pertaining to your case is im­possible within this web­site.  The Colorado Rules of Evidence are a Google click away.

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There are critical time periods during which you must take action, in the proper manner, or you can lose your rights.  Err on the side of caution, consult with an attorney!