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In re Order Approving the Revision of Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 902

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 902

         SUPREME COURT RULES

          ORDER

          PER CURIAM

         AND NOW, this 12th day of June, 2017, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules of Evidence; the proposal having been published for public comment at 46 Pa.B. 3793 (July 16, 2016):

         It is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 902 is revised in the attached form.

         This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective November 1, 2017.

         Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.

         Deletions to the rule are shown in bold and in brackets.

         Rule 902. Evidence That Is Self-Authenticating

         The following items of evidence are self-authenticating; they require no extrinsic evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted:

(1) Domestic Public Documents That Are Sealed and Signed. A document that bears:
(A) a seal purporting to be that of the United States; any state, district, commonwealth, territory, or insular possession of the United States; the former Panama Canal Zone; the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; a political subdivision of any of these entities; or a department, agency, or officer of any entity named above; and
(B) a signature purporting to be an execution or attestation.
(2) Domestic Public Documents That Are Not Sealed But Are Signed and Certified. A document that bears no seal if:
(A) it bears the signature of an officer or employee of an entity named in Rule 902(1)(A); and
(B) another public officer who has a seal and official duties within that same entity certifies under seal - or its equivalent - that the signer has the official capacity and that the signature is genuine.
(3) Foreign Public Documents. A document that purports to be signed or attested by a person who is authorized by a foreign country's law to do so. The document must be accompanied by a final certification that certifies the genuineness of the signature and official position of the signer or attester - or of any foreign official whose certificate of genuineness relates to the signature or attestation or is in a chain of certificates of genuineness relating to the signature or attestation. The certification may be made by a secretary of a United States embassy or legation; by a consul general, vice consul, or consular agent of the United States; or by a diplomatic or consular official of the foreign country assigned or ...

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