Overview of the various types of evidence that can be introduced in a civil or criminal trial in Ireland.
There are rules in Ireland about how the scene of a serious crime is preserved and investigated. Read about these rules and what happens if the crime scene is on private property or in a public place.
This document discusses real evidence, which is real, tangible evidence, such as an object, tape recording, computer printout or photograph.
Documentary evidence in Ireland consists of anything with writing on it. What items would this include and how is this evidence admissable in court?
Identification evidence in Ireland is evidence given by a victim or a witness that identifies the accused as the person who committed the crime.
DNA evidence is often used in trials in Ireland to establish identity. Find out how this evidence is used and introduced.
Circumstantial evidence is evidence of facts from which inferences or conclusions can be drawn in a criminal trial in Ireland.
Suspect evidence is evidence that is admissable in court in Ireland but is suspect, i.e., it often turns out to be untrue or incorrect.
What is hearsay evidence? Why usually can this evidence not be introduced in court in Ireland and what are the exceptions where hearsay evidence is admissable?
Unlawfully obtained evidence
Evidence that is obtained in deliberate and conscious breach of your constitutional rights is inadmissable in courts in Ireland.
There are circumstances under which you may refuse to disclose documents to a court in Ireland or may refuse to answer certain questions in court.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.