Rule 1005: Public records.

Article X. Contents of Writings, Recordings, and Photographs


The contents of an official record, or of a document authorized to be recorded or filed and actually recorded or filed, including data compilations in any form, if otherwise admissible may be proved by copy certified as correct in accordance with Rule 902 or testified to be correct by a witness who has compared it with the original. If a copy which compiles with the foregoing cannot be obtained by the exercise of reasonable diligence, then other evidence of the contents may be given.

Advisory Commission Comments.

Copies of public records are the best evidence if certified or otherwise authenticated under the rule.

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