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Conroe Criminal Defense Attorney - Texas Rules of Evidence Series - RULE 903

Conroe Criminal Defense Attorney - Texas Rules of Evidence Series - Rule 903

Rule 903 is one sentence long and as a board certified criminal defense attorney who has been involved in over 100 jury trials I have never seen it come up. According to Cornell Law School "A subscribing witness is a person who witnesses the signatures on a document and signs it at the end, indicating that such a person has witnessed those signatures." The point here appears to be to remove the requirement for all Texas documents. Perhaps if a will is being contested in a Texas court and the state where the will was created requires a subscribing witness then Rule 903 would require it in order to authenticate the writing.

I will go out on a limb and say that I will likely go my entire career without using this rule and if you forget what it says you'll probably be alright too.

Rule 903. Subscribing Witness’s Testimony A subscribing witness’s testimony is necessary to authenticate a writing only if required by the law of the jurisdiction that governs its validity.


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