The best evidence rule is a legal principle that holds an original
copy of a document as superior evidence. The rule specifies that
secondary evidence, such as a copy or facsimile, will be not
admissible if an original document exists and can be obtained. The
rule has its roots in 18th-century British law.
History and description
The best evidence rule has its origins in the 18th century case
Omychund v Barker (1745) 1 Atk, 21, 49; 26 ER 15, 33. Wherein Lord
Harwicke stated that no evidence was admissible unless it was "the
best that the nature of the case will allow".
Blackstone's Criminal Practice the best evidence rule in
England and Wales as used in earlier centuries "is now all but
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