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RULES OF EVIDENCE

ARTICLE IV. RELEVANCY AND ITS LIMITS

Rule 405. Methods of Proving Character

 

(a) By Reputation or Opinion. When evidence of a person’s character or character trait is admissible, it may be proved by testimony about the person’s reputation or by testimony in the form of an opinion. On cross-examination of the character witness, the court may allow an inquiry into relevant specific instances of the person’s conduct.

(b) By Specific Instances of Conduct. When a person’s character or character trait is an essential element of a charge, claim, or defense, the character or trait may also be proved by relevant specific instances of the person’s conduct.

 

2016 NHRE Update Committee Note

The 2016 amendment made stylistic changes to the rule.


   

   

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