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Title:A comparison of the rationales for the prohibition against hearsay evidence in the USA and Nigeria
Author:Azubuike, LawrenceISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of African Law (ISSN 0021-8553)
Volume:55
Issue:2
Pages:230-260
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
United States
Subjects:legal procedure
evidence
Abstract:The influence of the USA in the world is reflected not just in the export of its values and policies, but also in the spread of US jurisprudence and legal norms around the world. Many nations try to emulate US trial practice and procedure, while others measure the utility of their procedural rules by US standards. The rule generally prohibiting the admissibility of hearsay evidence is firmly rooted in the common law which is the basis of the legal systems in both the USA and Nigeria. This article explores and compares the jurisprudential and other rationales underpinning the hearsay rule in both jurisdictions. It finds that, although there are slight differences in the trial procedures of the two systems, the general stricture against hearsay evidence is informed by similar rationales in both jurisdictions. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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