IN RE: ORDER APPROVING THE REVISION OF THE COMMENT TO PENNSYLVANIA RULE OF EVIDENCE 902
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):
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.
Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No.
103(b), and shall be effective November 1, 2017.
to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined.
to the rule are shown in bold and in brackets.
902. Evidence That Is Self-Authenticating
following items of evidence are self-authenticating; they
require no extrinsic evidence of authenticity in order to be
(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 ...