Can I Testify About A Document Or Video I Have Seen?

Yes, you can testify under oath as to what is contained in a document or videotape, but it is preferable to bring the actual document or tape itself.  Copies generally will be accepted as exhibits, but the originals should be brought to the hearing whenever  possible to verify the authenticity of the duplicated materials.  Alternatively,  if just a copy is brought in,  you or your witness may be asked to verify that the copy is a true and accurate rendering of the original.

Keep in mind that if you choose to testify as to the contents of a document or videotape rather than bring in the document or videotape,  the administrative law judge may not give much weight to your testimony or may discredit it altogether.

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