Friday, January 04, 2008

evidence - value of property - proof - testimony v. document

Nelson v. State Board of Veterinary Medicine - Commonwealth Court - December 17, 2007

The testimony of the owner of an asset is competent to prove its value, so long as it is based on the owner's personal knowledge. Written documents are not preferable to oral statements. The best evidence rule does not apply where the matter to be proved exists independently of a writing that might also be probative.